Well, I'm still Bee, but at least I've fixed the Who Am I part of my sidebar. Smart Guy will have to fix my name when he gets back from camp, hopefully.
Well, I just saw Inkling three days in a row. On Saturday I went out to the park where her family was having an open house for G'ma & G'pa M&M's 60th wedding anniversary. The open house was from 4-6. The kids and I got there around 5:15 and stayed until 7:30 when the family left. We were outside most of that time.. playing with the kids talking. I finally got to have a conversation with Henry David that was longer than "Hey how are you, is Inkling home?". Like Farmwife, the day before the wedding last year was the first time I'd ever met him. That weekend was too busy to get to know him at all though. On Sunday, I sat next to her in her family's row at church. She picked the kids up from class after church. Last night her and I went out for the evening and had a much-needed girls night out. We started by eating at Red Lobster. Then we drove around town a little. We stopped out at a cemetary on the edge of town where we both have relatives buried. There is a beautiful pond with a waterfall and swans at the entrance. We got out and walked around the pond and almost were sprayed by the sprinkler system as it came on right in front of us. We eventually ended up at Custard Cup for some of the world's best frozen custard. I got my usual cold fudge sundae and Inkling got her usual waffle cone with chocolate on bottom and lemon on top. We sat in the van with the windows down and ate and talked some more. Then I drove her back to her grandparents house and drove back here to Mom and Dad's.
This morning she was here by 10:15. She played legos with the Sara Orange Gang while I watched from the couch. Then they all made their traditional brownies. Normally they use a special from scratch recipe that Inkling likes, but I knew we'd be stretched for time, so we went with a boxed m&m mix and added cream cheese icing. They were yummy. Around noon, Inkling went back to her grandparents to eat lunch and pick up Henry David. They met us out at a nearby state park around 1:45. We watched the Canadien geese swim around for a short while and then headed down to the river to look at rocks and throw them in the water. We went to two different beaches and spent over two hours looking at throwing rocks in the water. It rained several times during our outdoor adventure. We were all wet and muddy by the time we came back to mom and dad's house so that Mom could meet Henry David for the first time. Around 5:00 or so, we said our goodbyes again for who knows how long. Maybe six months, maybe less if I get my passport and get out there sooner than that.
So, here's my question... How is it that even after seeing her three days in a row and having much conversation with her that I still feel like I didn't hardly see her, that there are things left unsaid, hugs left unhugged, and tears not cried.
I miss her so much, and in a way it makes me miss her more now that I've seen her for awhile. Of course, it's worth missing her more to spend time with her. So, now we'll go back to almost daily phone conversations thanks to the love of our hubbies who provide us with awesome phone plans that enable us to grow and continue our friendship.
I love you, Inkling and enjoyed our time together this weekend!