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Old 04-01-2011, 02:00 AM   #3961
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since the devils aren't going to make it this year, lp, i'm rooting for the canucks! you guys still have luongo, yes?
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:06 AM   #3962
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Sorry to hear about your Islanders, I have always liked them! We still have Luongo, the Sedins and Ryan Kessler. I appreciate you rooting for them, but if/when we meet the Blackhawks please cheer extra hard for Bobbie-Lou. We really need to break him of the game 7 curse of letting in 7 goals (twice to eliminate us!).
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:26 AM   #3963
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Two great puns from her madge PR/Fi and buckytom.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:25 AM   #3964
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My smile comes from an unusual, unlikely and quite unexpected source...Glenn's ex-wife.

As some minor background, let's suffice it to say the marriage didn't end on "sweet" terms. He came home one day to find the house emptied. Literally. Furniture, appliances, dishes, bedding, everything. Same for the joint bank account. Shortly after this happened a friend of his from work dropped by unexpectedly. He was shocked at the emptiness of the house and commented (seriously, because he hadn't known what had occurred), "What happened, man, you get robbed?" I guess Glenn could've said "yes" but for reasons other than his friend was thinking. That was many years ago.

Fast forward to current day. When Glenn and I got married I asked him all kinds of questions about his growing up years, childhood, etc. Asked his mother, too. Neither of them had any pictures to show me. He's such a fabulous-looking guy, I wondered what kind of little boy/young man he must've been.

Well, lo and behold. In Monday's mail there was a package, wrapped in brown paper. Neither of us had ordered anything and it wasn't time for either of our birthdays, so we weren't expecting anything.

He looked at the return address on the package and nearly had a spasm. I saw the look on his face. What?! It was from his ex-wife. Why?!

We opened the package. Inside was an old, probably dating to the early '60s, 3-ring photo album. The kind with clear plastic sticky stuff that can be lifted to add/change photos. It was full to overflowing with photos of Glenn from the time he was an infant until, I guess, when he and the ex split.

There were tons of black-and-white ones of him during his elementary school years, his high school time and even some wonderful ones of the time he spent in the service during Vietnam.

Other pictures included some of his father, who was seriously injured and paralyzed just before Glenn turned 2. His daddy was a hunk and I suspected he looked a lot like him. The pictures proved me out.

I saw the cutest little boy and a young man turn into a handsome adult. The pictures with his three children during various milestone events in their lives only served to reinforce what a wonderful father he is and always has been. I can see why his children treasure him.

He was flabbergasted at the arrival of the album and couldn't imagine why his ex would've had it. My best guess, and I told him, is that in her haste to "clean house" when she left, she simply grabbed up stuff and packed it up, probably not realizing or caring what she took. Perhaps, now, she was just going through things or, in my mind a more likely scenario, is "cleaning out" another ex's place. Maybe she had a pang of guilt and decided that old, irreplaceable, photos should be returned to their rightful owner, which is a gold star she's earned in my eyes. I really don't care.

I've pored over the album for hours and will never get enough. I can't wait to put the photos in order, in a more secure album, and also scan them into the computer so they can be put on a disk for safer keeping. This kind of second chance needs to be heeded.

I now have more of the pieces of the patchwork that is the quilt that makes up who my loving husband is and I just can't stop smiling. When I get around to it, I'll post a photo or two so you can see why I'm smiling.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:32 AM   #3965
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That is so cool, Katie!
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:34 AM   #3966
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Katie, this will keep me smiling all day! Thanks for sharing. This also fits the random act of kindness thread in a huge way!
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:37 AM   #3967
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Katie, this will keep me smiling all day! Thanks for sharing. This also fits the random act of kindness thread in a huge way!

You're right. I didn't even think of that.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:04 PM   #3968
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I think I told all of you how excited I was when Cade told me he wanted to take a cooking class at the junior college. Well today was the big day, And the poor kid had to coose between his first baseball game and team pictures. He shose to cook!! I surprised him the last hour, His mom went ahead and clled to him and then walked in the door, I followed and when he realize I wasthere you should have seen the look on his face. He broke into a huge smile then ran at me hugged me and got tears in his eyes. I love that boy so much. He loved the work and making thoings from scratch. He wants to take this teachers next class and learn to make lasagna. I am thrilled for and with hum. I guess you can guess he is my baby Just had to share with you.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:10 PM   #3969
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Oh, Ma, I am so glad you shared that! What did he make? You two have such a special relationship and now to share a love for cooking - that will keep a smile on my face for a long time.

I am also smiling because I just spent two hours at a Tim Horton's catching up with my best friend. She just came home from New York and it was great hearing her talk about it. But the best part was when I pulled out my computer and said "okay, let's order some tickets for Hairspray (a local production but they are always incredible)". I told her it was on me and the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes made it so worthwhile. I ordered them right then - for May 13th!
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I think I told all of you how excited I was when Cade told me he wanted to take a cooking class at the junior college. Well today was the big day, And the poor kid had to coose between his first baseball game and team pictures. He shose to cook!! I surprised him the last hour, His mom went ahead and clled to him and then walked in the door, I followed and when he realize I wasthere you should have seen the look on his face. He broke into a huge smile then ran at me hugged me and got tears in his eyes. I love that boy so much. He loved the work and making thoings from scratch. He wants to take this teachers next class and learn to make lasagna. I am thrilled for and with hum. I guess you can guess he is my baby Just had to share with you.
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