Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dear Daughters: Dad, His Parrilla, and Saturday Afternoon


Dear Daughters:

Remember Dad’s parrilla (grill) that I had built for him last summer?


This afternoon after we worked on different projects (he said I needed to stop thinking of projects),

he grilled chicken, ribs, and sausage-

just a little of each- for the two of us.


And because I asked him to, he made a pot of beans.

His one stipulation?

He needed to watch Dallas play at 7:00 pm.

So we sat outside – even though it was hot, and I brought this out of my garden shed.


My IPod was playing,

Dad was saying

Turn it up,”

and all was right in my world.

I really am a woman of simple needs.

I just have complicated thoughts!



It may not make sense now, but a time really does come when you are still 18 years old in a much older body.

That is why when the song you are hearing right now started to play,

I started to dance on the crushed limestone patio with my garden hat on .

My 18 year old inner child was saying

Woo Hoo.

Dad understands.

I hope you always have someone in your life who understands that you will always be 18.

Love, Mom

Have a great weekend!




June said...

Now Laura, this really is what life is all about. Boy do I adore you and your simple needs!!! I think you and I would be the best of buds if I only lived closer. You 'get' what is most important in this life. Someone to love and love you back...great food...and a great song...what more could we ask for than this???
Big Hugs...

Karen said...

I hear ya, Laura! Wish I had been able to hear that tune playing... I would have be-bopped right down our lane, tapped on your door, and danced clear to your back yard. So watch out the next time you take that iPod out... your crazy neighbor will be tapping on your door! (I'm practicing right now... cute with my sling!)

Beeutiful by Design said...

So nice you are able to have these times with your Dad and really appreciate them! Wonderful :) Jennifer

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Great post, Laura. Hubby and I had a similar afternoon only ours was hamburgers on the grill. We still have one at home but today it was just the two of's nice to know we still get eachother. I might even have a groove move or two my daughters have never seen! HA..HA...Have a wonderful weekend, Patty

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laura, what a sweet post - love it - great time with your dad. This is what life is really all about! Linda

Jojo said...

So true!!! Keep the music playing!!!

Theresa said...

Love that song and I am dancing here trying not to spill my coffee! Sounds like a wonderful afternoon, some sweet smells coming from the grill, a fan blowing and the music... yum! Top that with the company those two favorite fellas, perfect! Dance like nobody's watching because... who cares:) Have a blessed Sunday!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

:) Forever 18!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Amen sister...sounds like a perfect night with your hubby!!! Hop over and enter my GIVEAWAY…I think you will like it!


Loui♥ said...

no matter my adult age, whenever I was around my Dad, I always reverted to Daddy's LITTLE girl..
loved it.. and I miss him so much..
enjoy every moment you can with your dad..
he sounds totally COOL!
warm sandy hugs..

Pondside said...

Keep on dancing, Laura!....some parts of being 18 (the best parts) can last forever,

trash talk said...

Isn't it the greatest freedom when we come to the point in our life where all it takes is the little things to make us happy and someone who "gets" us to share in it!
P.S. I bet you can still shake your groove thang!

NanaDiana said...

Laura-I know exactly what you mean! Isn't it the strangest thing to look in the mirror and see a person that looks so much older than you feel? (well at least in MY case). When did that happen? When did our bodies by pass our spirit and age around our soul? I dunno...I think you wrote a beautiful message to your daughters. I think that is what all mothers wish for, hope for, pray for. Thanks for the smile and the "boost" this morning- Diana

Olive said...

Love this post Laura. My bones may be eighty, my age is forty-eight but in my mind I can be any age I want! hugs♥olive

Deb said...

I love it to listen to music...hubby and I go to a little place with a jukebox that has songs we grew up on...I put in $6 and get to play 14 songs...we listen...and talk..sing along...bebop to the beat...and talk about our day...or past memories..and in our heads we are still 18...and if we don't put on our glasses we still look 18

Entertaining Women said...

Love this...I dance to anything Motown. Cherry Kay

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Laura, that goodness for times like this, they keep us young! I really can picture you dancing to the music, dear friend, just too cute! Music and dancing are a big part of my life, even if it's at home and sometimes by myself! My ipod is always close by and at times in my pocket and plugged into my ears!

Keep on dancing!


Bonnie said...

Laura, I had to chuckle when your husband said you needed to stop thinking of projects! That is a frequent scene at our house. We have also used the fan on the porch too. Yes, certain songs change our mood instantly and music is uplifting. What a nice evening you described.

Mona Kay Gorman said...

Very kids still remind me of past memories of good times...I am so happy that they treasure them like I do!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laura...

My friend, I loved this post...the letter to your daughter's says it all! I feel exactly the same way! I was coming by to say thank you for the sweet birthday well wishes that you left for me. I just turned 54...but mentally I'm just in my late 20's! Hehe! I can completely relate and I'm also very thankful to have a loving companion that understands!!! Sounds like you and your honey had a blast!!!

Again, thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a sweet note! I really enjoyed your visit, Laura!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Janean said...

no matter how old, your mind reverts to the age of when a favorite song was popular! ya get up to dance and wonder, *who stole my body?* LOL.

CHERI said...

There's nothing like special time for just the two of you...I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, and he likes to grill for me too!!!!

Sue said...

Oh yes, we are going to get along just fine! Love this!

xinex said...

Your post is making me emotional, makes me go back to my younger days and make me miss my kids...Christine

Marguerite said...

You are a lucky lady! And that chicken, ribs, and sausage sounds fabulous! Keep on dancing, cher, and I'm right there with you on being 18, in an older body. lol

Diane said...

I am right there with you Laura. I like to dance like nobody's watching! And, hey, if they are I don't care...I am over 50 and I can do it if I want to =)))
Love the pictures~so Texas isn't it?

Debbie's Garden said...

I don't hear a song! Is one supposed to be playing?
A lazy Sunday at home just "being" is so fabulous.

Susan said...

I don't hear the song, either, but I LOVE your post!!! Thanks for the memories.


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