Good morning, Everyone.
Come on in. How’s your coffee?
I’m sipping coffee in cloudy (yet much warmer than home) Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where my daughter’s family lives. Baby boy and little girl action abound. My husband is steadily improving from back surgery. He can drive around town and is using a cane more often than a walker. But it is too soon for him to travel and my school is on winter break, so I flew down alone on Thursday to get my grandkid fix. It warmed my heart to see my grandson instantly recognized me and reached out for a smoosh and hug. He’s 16 months of constant motion and drool (teeth are erupting two and three at a time). He climbs on any surface (not necessarily horizontal), eats anything that is offered or found and has the best belly laugh. My granddaughter is a treasure trove of imaginative play with every Disney princess, a dino-head grabber, and unicorns.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that yesterday was a beautiful beach day. My granddaughter and I did a Carolina Polar Bear Plunge. It was chilly but not “take your breath away” cold. We collected enough small shells to hot glue and fashion a mermaid tiara, almost like Kiniro’s in Jan Brett’s The Mermaid.
If we were having coffee together, I would report that school starts back on Monday. Trimester report cards and assessments loom close. I also need to prepare my eight-week Journaling the Journey Workshop that starts in mid-March. Although I have been journaling forever, read many books on the subject and published a book based on my journaling from the first year of breast cancer treatment, I have never taught the subject. I don’t presume to be an expert. However, I believe journaling helps one navigate life challenges, acknowledge blessings and affirms life choices. It’s worth sharing.
If we were having coffee together, I would affirm that I decided to join the 2019 Blogging from A-Z Challenge. There are two to three themes on my short list. I need to see which one would work in alphabetical order. Last year’s Food Stories Remembered theme was so much fun to write. It may be hard to top.
My coffee cup needs a refill and the busy fun day needs to get going.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.