We have just returned from 10 days in Sun City West, Arizona. Friends we’ve known for 40 some years called saying, “we’re going to Hawaii for two weeks. Why don’t you come down a couple days before we leave, we’ll have some fun then you can take us to the airport and stay in our house and drive our car while we’re gone.”
Such a deal!
I’ve never been one to think I had to go away in the winter, but I loved Arizona, with temps in the 70s and 80s every day, huge pots of purple petunias wafting their aromas all over the patio and humming birds nearly lighting on your lip.
Every afternoon was spent on the patio and every evening was dinner with either East Grand Forks neighbors, Jim’s ole Navy buddy and his wife who live in Arizona, and longtime friends from Hillsboro, Ore.
All that and I still had time to read three books. I love the writings of James Patterson.
After arriving back in the Cities, we partied with our families who live there to celebrate Ethan’s ninth birthday, Amelia’s return from Asia with Youth With a Mission, and to watch Elyn play four games of tournament basketball. Her team won three games. She’s an awesome young basketball player and my dream is that she will one day play for the University of North Dakota like Madi Buck does.
I happened to mention when our families had gathered in the living room that while we were in Arizona we looked at a few houses on the market, only for fun, Granddaughter Ruby Girl Grace fairly came off the couch, gave me the “Stink Eye,” and proclaimed, “Grandma, if you move, we will not talk!” She paused to catch her breath then added, “Wait, wait, wait, let me rephrase that. If you move, we will have words.”
My eyes watered and I replied, “Grace, that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.”
I reassured Grace that I could never move from East Grand Forks because of how I love it and how I know she loves it.
This afternoon she sends this email:
Grandma, I was just curious about when you are going to be coming next week…?…and about what’s going on over there where the sky is blue and the grass is green and the fudge sickles are cool and the Tennessee tea is in the fridge and the Mexican caviar is on the table with a bowl of chips beside it ready and waiting for guests to dig in…Oh, wait…it’s not summer there either…darn it! I’ve already had dreams about sitting out on your deck, bonfires, Christian and Rachael, and all the summer fun that happens in my favorite place in the world. Just wanted to let you know. Love you, miss you.
Next week, we go back to the Cities to see Grace in her high school musical, “The Wiz.”
May I share these snaps?
Elyn’s basketball team
Ethan and Grandpa solving the world’s problems between Elyn’s games
The birthday boy, the basketball player, the Youth With a Mission returnee and the dreamer of all things beautiful on grandma’s and grandpa’s East Grand Forks deck.