Most mornings, as Ernie drives me to work, we go down St. Mary's Road. We pass the fields and the round barns, looking at the horses and the weird golf practice lawns as we go by. Awhile back we saw a beautiful young colt with its mother and now every day Ernie looks for the colt. He worries, you know. This morning as we went by, in the pouring rain, there was the mare, with the colt tucked below her nursing. It made us smile and Ernie said, "The baby is probably saying, "Why do we have to stand in the rain?" And I said, "Oh noooo, it's the MOTHER asking why the hell do we have to stand in the rain!" We laughed, and then I asked, "Was it Leo or Owen that made me stand in the rain on the side of the highway so they could use the potty chair in the van 'in private'?" He let out a laugh, first saying, "probably Leo," and then, "No, probably Owen!" "It's too bad you didn't start your blog when they were born," he commented.
We mused for a minute about the fact that I'm starting the tenth year of this blog. When my beautiful Kristi Rose left a Facebook comment on yesterday's post, she said, "Leo declaring "Owen cheated" resonated. NOTHING to do with either Leo OR Owen. It just resonated...in life." That, of course, is the perfect response because it is so very, very true. If anyone enjoys reading my blatherings it's because in so many ways we all have the same experiences in life. And those flashes of recognition are comforting I think. It's comforting to know that we all go through the same frustrations and joy and sadness and irritations and pleasures and....well, all of it.
I was busy yesterday so I kind of tossed that post up quickly without a lot of thought. What I didn't have time to say was that I thank you. I thank those of you that read this blog. For some reason, into which I never want to delve too deeply, it makes it easier to process things if I am writing for an audience....no matter how small or how imaginary. So I thank you for reading because writing it really helps me. And I am so thankful for the friends I have made through this blog. I never could have dreamed that people I met through this could stand with my other oldest, dearest friends as being so vitally important in my life. So I thank all of you...those I know in real life, those I know online, and if there are any of you that just read and I don't know...I thank you as well.
And onward to real life I go. A bit of water in the basement last night. A busy day at work today. An appointment at the bank at the end of the day. Another evening cooking dinner and curling up and watching some Longmires with Owen. As both Owen and Sue said, "he's SO Harrison Ford."