Wow! It snowed gifting us with a
cool soft cloud of snow over
Misty Meadows. Kimchee, our
Korean canine, was having so
much fun playing in the icy
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY, JOHN
My little brother, John, turned 50. Imagine that. He has aged well, filling his life with fun, hilarity, and a hunger for learning and experiencing new things. Winnie started planning his party months and months ago. Our main task was: Do Not Let John Discover the Party. This was no easy task.
I called John to tell him that I was going to be in
True to Montoya fashion not one person was on time. Not one. Not even me. Dana was supposed to have gotten John to the park by . Had he been on time, he would have been surprised, alright, because no one was there yet. Jazz was the first one there. She was soon followed by the others. We all quickly decorated the gazebo. Winnie called Dana and told that we were ready.
John and Dana walked toward the pond and as they came over a knoll we all jumped up at said “SURPRISE! ! !” John saw me and said, “You lied.” Then he looked at Sara and said, “You lied.” It turns out that many of us did what was necessary to keep John in the dark.
Death brought its gifts through Denise and me. I never really thought of Death as a giver of gifts, and yet, Death brought its gifts today.
Denise was the guest Speaker at a "Grief" class at
As for me, I was filmed for a special video commercial on donating blood. But, the trick is I had to deliver my request in Spanish. Although Spanish was my first language, I haven't spoken it for FIFTY (50) years. I was surprised by how well I did. My openig line in the film is, "La sangre de tu cuerpo es la sangre de la vida, proque la sangre es la vida." The blood in your body is the blood of life because blood is life.
I made two grown men cry when I told them the story of putting my head on Robert's chest and listening to my son's heart beating so strongly inside. Even now, it brings tears to my eyes. But these are good tears, mixed with a little grief laden sadness. Our son gifted us with compassion. What a marvelous gift that is. Gracias, mi hijo, Jeremy.