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August Blog Challenge - Day 11

Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

  1. Little dogs who are too princessy to poop outside.
  2. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia. Really any discrimination.
  3. Circumcision.
  4. The "R" word.
  5. "Hang in there."
  6. Half-hearted hugs.
  7. Having coffee but no half & half.
  8. Having to wait.
  9. When all the radio stations have commercials at the same time.
  10. Fur on my floor.
  11. When FaceTime audio cuts out or it freezes.
I had to do 11.  It's the 11th and the 11th day of the challenge.  And it's my Grandma Vada's birthday. Miss you, Grandma.  The way you laughed until tears rolled down your cheeks, The casino parties. The way you put makeup on Grandpa's face and he'd wipe it off as soon as you weren't looking.  The way you and your little dog Festus would lay on the ground and kick and you called it "ex-ree-size." The way you took us to Bingo and free church dinners.  The way you would tell us not to tell Rose what we had for dinner.  The way you taught us about Lucky, Lucky White Horse Ding Ding Ding and throwing salt over your shoulder and lifting your feet when you drove over railroad tracks.  


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Yeah.  Me.

I've been thinking about it for six years.
I finally decided that if after six years, I still wanted it, maybe it was time.

The writing is Dave and Doug's.
Taken from notes they wrote me.
They always signed their notes the same way.

I thought I was doing it in memory of them.
To mark the way they are always on my heart.
To have a visible reminder.
A permanent keepsake,
always with me.

And while it is that.
It is also more.

I didn't realize it,
until afterwards.

It's a marker.
A closing of a chapter.
Closure, if you will.

I don't know how to explain it.
The minute it was finished,
I knew.
I knew something inside me was different.

and to a lesser extent,
have been part of my every thought
every day
for over 10 years.

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