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Old 12-15-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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Time to wrap up Marianne and Jim

We just got back from Rutt's Hut in Clifton. My parents grew up with Rutt's Hut and they always took us kids during our childhood, too. It's nothing fancy, just a really great fried hot dog with a killer tasty relish. I know my mother was wishing for one and this was the last thing on our to do list. My dad got some great pizza last night. Apparently there is not a decent slice of pizza south of the mason dixon line.

I've poked lots of fun at them and written about lots of it. They can be so irksome at times, but you know...what's the big deal? They are both 72 and pretty set in their little ways by now. My mother and father have hearts of gold with just a few streaks of tarnish. My dad still has larceny in his heart and my mother still wishes she could afford to be one of the Kennedys.

They are packed now and we're just about to sit around with the rest of the strufoli and perhaps a glass of cognac. Yea, I know, how do you follow fried hot dogs with cognac and italian pastry? But, I just don't want to make the last night anything less than pretty. I noticed a letter on the dining room table addressed to me. I didn't open it but demanded to be assured they didn't put any money in it. I'm worried about their pension and would be forced to return anything they might have left in that envelope. They say it's just a letter, but I'm not to read it till I get home from work tomorrow night... Home to a house that will suddenly seem just a bit bigger but ever so much quieter. No more half bananas on the counter, or hand towel draped over the sink, or bar soap in the bathroom, or saved and dried paper towels on the counter, or ladles hanging with pot holders, or frying pans hidden in the oven, or entire fios systems unplugged to accomodate a blow drier, or single slices of italian bread wrapped in the refrigerator, or an endless parade of plastic water bottles, or the black man's toiletry bag in the bathroom, not to mention the pink one, either, or their tiny shoes in my foyer, the neatly folded napkins in the drawer, the endless questions about which remote to use, the hugs and kisses every time I walk past them...........

Thanks everyone for keeping us company. How am I gonna keep you all down on the farm now that you've seen Paris?


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Oh.. I hate to see them go. I'm really going to miss them.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:50 PM   #3
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Beautiful......Vera, you have brightened my days by writing of your wonderful, precious and priceless days with your loving parents. I envy each minute that you had with them. Merry Christmas to you. You have the greatest gift of all. Thank you for sharing with all of us. XOXO
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your adventure, Vera. In spite of their quirks and flaws you have had a wonderful visit.

My daddy died in 1973 and my mother was gone before that, so I have no frustrating, goofy or fun memories. It's lovely to see you cherish your parents.

Merry Christmas, my dear!!! You've already received your best gift.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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You have been blessed with time with your parents. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. I miss my parents, Mom died in Jan. '88 and Dad died the day after Christmas in '95. Merry Christmas, VB.
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Its been wonderful sharing your parents with us. I loved all the descriptions. I only have my dad left but he still seems to drive me crazy every now & then
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Thank you for sharing your parents visit with us. I'm going to miss them.
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You have shared a wonderful gift with us, thank you. My dad passed when I was 23, my mom has Alzheimers and is 300 miles away. She could not take the trip, nor remember it if she did. It has been heartwarming, thank you again.

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tell them good-by for me and to keep on truckin.

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Old 12-15-2008, 08:28 PM   #10
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Vera, you have given me the strength and perspective to handle another week's vacation with my elderly mother and my aunt at "our" beach house on the Cape.

Maybe I will write of my own adventures with Joanie and Mickie! LOL!



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