Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Tale of Two Refrigerators by an Empty Nester CNN I Report Boot Camp

Our uncluttered stainless steel refrigerator in our kitchen shines to blend with the other stainless steel appliances.  The front is bare of photos, but the side holds links to the past or reminders of the present.  In our garage our cluttered refrigerator brings memories of our two son's journeys to adulthood.

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.  

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