Sunday, September 12, 2010
A Tale of Two Refrigerators by an Empty Nester CNN I Report Boot Camp
On the garage frig I get glimpses of our son's childhood milestones. I see my close girlfriends holding nine month Alex in their arms at a going away party before we move from Texas to California. I see Alex and Michael's photo of matching sailor outfits on a white satin blanket stitched lovingly by my mother's hands and the feeling to know two adorable sons are God's Gift to us and the world. I see their smiling faces eager to discover the nature on a whale watching expedition in San Diego Harbor.
When my sons were in elementary school we moved back to Dallas. I see a magnet holding Alex and Michaels silhouette of their Cub Scout Uniforms taken at the local Texas Boyscout Troop. The Houston Space Center Magnet is hanging as a reminder their troop spent the night at the Space Center Museum to learn about the history of space and the possibilities for the future. A Christmas Card Photo is hanging with Michael and Alex in a Gondola floating in the canal of Venice.
Refrigerator magnets adorn the front door of the fridge reminding me of family vacations and happy times with stories to tell. We took a Jungle Adventure in Florida with a pic of Michael holding a live baby alligator.
When I open the stainless steel refrigerator on the side I see magnets of my husband Jim and my's latest summer vacation without the boys. There is a picture of Kenmare, Ireland where we heard live Irish Music and met a couple from Australia who was also an empty nester. A pic of the town square of York, England brings back the memory of the Sunday festival we happened to stumble upon. A flowing fountain shows the beauty of Savannah Ga and it reminds me of the bed and breakfast we stayed at. I know there will be many more trips ahead. I feel blessed to have been apart of our two son's childhood and am excited to know many more memories are around the corner and new magnets to buy.