So much has happened I’m ready for April to be over. Or am I?
In keeping up traditions: The first Monday in April started with Opening Day – friends, baseball & a Curly W! Does it get any better?
The next Monday I turned 40 brunching the day before with dear friends and loving family members.
I thought 40 would feel different and be such a big deal, but I think my making a big deal out of birthdays is over, finally!
My dad’s birthday is just after mine – I came home from the hospital on his 30th birthday, so that means if it was the big 4-0 for me, it was the large 7-0 for him! We threw him quite the party with a few friends from far away and his brother as an added surprise! That was fun to pull off!
But on my dad’s actual birthday, I was with my mom’s dad, my dear Grandpa, as he passed away peacefully at his apartment with his wife, his daughters and I (and helpful hospice folks, who can’t go unmentioned) at his side.
I cannot believe we are now busy chronicling a life of 90 years well-lived and will be celebrating them on Tuesday, May 2nd.
The obituary my mother and I wrote for his local paper, the Falls Church News-Press can be read here: FCNP on TrollingerLast weekend I traveled to Providence, RI to become a god-mother for the second time. My oldest god-daughter has turned 18 and gotten into college and is about to graduate from high school. Where does the time go? She was born when I was in college!
One of my friends had a baby girl on December 30th and I was honored to be asked to serve as her god-mother. I was introduced at the reception: “This is Lauren, she’s my oldest friend!” What? Because we go way back or because I’m 40!? Anyway, her daughter, my god-daughter, is just an amazingly beautiful porcelain skinned babe who didn’t flinch a bit during the baptism. I tried to celebrate the great circle of life, and it was nice to get away, but…
Closing out on a high note, I ended this last weekend of April participating in my 7th Congenital Heart Walk. I exceeded my fundraising goal of $4000 (40 and some additional zeros!) thanks to people from just about every walk of life. Friends, relatives, friends of relatives, Grandpa, and even my aunt’s friend whose daughter just had heart surgery in California. We’re all in this together. I walked with AGC, a friend’s daughter who is now 5 ½ (not 5, not 6, “5 and a half!”) and no longer in a stroller, but walking, alongside me, thriving, living and loving life – even after several open-heart surgeries. Tick Tock We Don’t Stop! (OK except to take a pic or 2!)
The world is small, see the good in the bad. Hug tight. Smile. Be present.
Love with your heart.