This is hard to write. For months now, we have known that Matthew, Mo and the girls might be moving. We’ve known it would be a wonderful opportunity for their family but deep down inside we hoped it wouldn’t happen. We would miss them all so much. We admit we are selfish.
It all became real just before the 4th of July. As Jenna said the other day, “This isn’t a drill. This is really happening.” Our dear friends are moving out of state next month.
Amara and Sophia have been friends since Kindergarten. They haven’t always been in the same class but they have always been best friends. Jenna and Mo met during that year in Kindergarten and became best friends, too. Since then their families have become very close. I have come to think of Mo as my other daughter, Matthew as my other SIL and their girls as the other grandchildren I never got. They really are very special people.
This closeness will never end. Thanks to the technology of today, everyone will get plenty of time to video chat and text. It won’t be the same as in person but it will be much easier to maintain their friendship than it would have been 20 years ago.
You may have seen Jenna and Mo on Facebook with their new tattoos of two crossed arrows. Jenna explains the tattoo best.
“The crossed arrows are a Native American symbol of the joining of two clans. Mo and I have joined our clans!”
Yesterday while they were out getting their tattoos, I had the privilege of entertaining all three girls! I loved every moment of it! Since I knew we only had about 3 hours and because I knew it was one of the last chances I had to play with all 3 of them we crammed in as much fun as we could!
The girls arrived around lunchtime so we started with lunch! Jenna and Amara had suggested special food items that the girls don’t have often. We dined on watermelon, Peperoni Pizza Rolls, Mini Corn Dogs and Capri Sun Lemonade! Lunch was followed by decorating dessert! I had made them cookies to frost and decorate! They each made me special cookies and Amara made one extra special cookie just for Grampy!
While they were decorating, they mentioned they hadn’t eaten any of the cookies and I told them they could eat some while they were decorating. Celia wanted to know how many cookies they could eat. I thought for a minute and asked Amara “How many cookies do you think you should get to eat?” “I think 2 cookies.” “How many do you think you should get, Sophia?” “Three cookies” I turn to Celia and ask her how many and she bounces in her chair with the biggest grin on her face and says “20!” I could not stop laughing! They got three!
Amara rushed Sophia to finish her cookies, as next up was water toys! I had 4 new water squirters in the garage – love the dollar bin at Target – plus all our other water toys! I am sure I ended up the wettest of the four of us! It didn’t help that my hose sprung a leak and got me even wetter than the girls already had! Of course, they had to get the chalk out and Amara and Sophia grated chalk into their bucket of water so they could squirt us with colored water! The water wars were topped off with pushups! Because you know, they hadn’t had enough sugar yet!
It was a wonderful summer afternoon with three of my favorite girls!