Yesterday, my daughter and I stopped by my friend’s house for a little visit after work. Our lives will forever be changed after what transpired there.
My friend is an Air Force veteran, and her husband is still active duty Air Force. In a few short months, they will PCS clear across the country. I will deeply miss my friend, but onto what happened.
They have a son, just six months older than my daughter. They met several years ago and their friendship has grown. Her son recently “discovered” and able to admit, he likes my daughter. This past Tuesday, he wrote her a letter, and last night, he gave it to her. Both of them were smiling ear-to-ear. She had to circle ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to something he had asked her…
“Do you want to be my girlfriend?”
Today his mom posted this on Facebook, as it’s a pretty special thing for us parents too; our children’s first crush (and with each other):
Last night a sweet, scared, boy gave this beautiful girl a note and she checked “girlfriend.” Her mom and I have known for years that this day would come, but sat back and waited for them to figure it out. We will go as a group to see Beauty and the Beast, and let them sit in front of us and spend time together. I am so sad that we will have to leave this family. But I am glad that she is his first “real girlfriend.” It seems like yesterday that they were sitting on the swings playing with chickens. It has been great to watch this sweet friendship bloom into something more.
Where did the time go that she is old enough to have a crush on someone? My baby is growing up. This will be her first time dealing with a PCSing family. She is a bit used to not having her Army brother around, but she hasn’t lost a close friend to a move yet.
Emails have been exchanged and phone calls are doable. If her brother moves back to his first house in a couple years, we’ll be able to visit him and our friends at the same time, as they will be in the same state.
Life brings so many special people into our lives. Some touch our hearts more than others. She’ll always remember the first boy who asked her to be his girlfriend.
I have reached out to a friend of mine. You may recall I’ve spoken about him in the past; Dan Angeles. He’s an artist, based in Texas, and he and I are the gift to each other that my sister left us.
As the Pink Herald was created and dedicated to my sister’s life and memory, I asked Dan for a special project. I asked if he would be interested in creating a customized logo for my website. He graciously agreed to do so.
I have given him free reign on the image as he knew my sister and he knows me. He is going to create something that embraces both our spirits. I have no doubt or reservations, that whatever he comes up with, will be amazing, poignant and reduce me to tears immediately when I gaze upon the image.
I offered to purchase the logo, however, Dan came up with a better solution. He will create the painting, sell it and then send the image to me. The buyer will be aware it’s a blog logo, but they will still own a masterpiece by one of today’s most talented watercolor artists.
Dan has a show opening at the “P Street Gallery” in Washington D.C. tonight; April 17, 2015. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello. His images are colorful and moving.
I know I have a few weeks to wait to see what he comes up with, but I’m excited for the next chapter to unfold with this blog.
Have you ever been so moved by an idea, drawing or photo that you couldn’t wait to write about it? I never considered this aspect until I started sharing my thoughts on forums other than Facebook. With this blog, I’m able to share what’s important to me, what I hope others will become passionate about and perhaps change the way a person views a certain topic.
I’m not necessarily looking to change points of views; merely offer other perspectives.
Last night, I came across a very moving photograph. My dogs hate to see me sleep and I was (rudely) awoken at 3:00 a.m. this morning by my shepherd mix. I can’t make him understand I know a sneaky cat is in our backyard and it’s ok and he should just shut up! I digress….
Since I removed myself from the comfort of my bed, I figured…time to blog! After the first cup of coffee started coursing through my system in hopes of reaching and awaken my brain, I began to look at the photo and write up my article. Having finished it, I shot the draft over to the photo’s owner for her final approval. After all, she gave me permission to use it and I want my words to do it justice.
I’ve never written something like that before. To me, the photo was that meaningful; that powerful. Once I receive the “A-OK”, I will publish it. Hopefully, that will be sometime today.