My parents and niece came last night and my brother and sister-in-love (love that term, thanks Sunshine! ) are coming today so I have a lot of family magic. My first piece of magic is that I was able to surprise my Mom with something special yesterday ~ something I’ve kept for a secret for almost a year. When my grandparents died a few years ago they left me their piano. At the time I had no means to ship the piano from Pennsylvania to Connecticut and with 2 small kids, my motivation to make it happen wasn’t really there, so my cousin took it to Chicago. I’ve never been one to have regrets in my life, but over the last couple of years, I really regretted not bringing the piano home. Not only would I have loved to play the piano again (I took many years of lessons as a kid), I would have loved to have a piece of my Grandparents in my house. I let the regret fester until I worked up the courage to ask my cousin about it last Spring. He was so gracious about it, and knowing that our Grandparents had left it to me he offered to look into shipping companies for me, so I could bring it home to Connecticut. It took so many months to work out the details, work out communication with the moving company, wait for the shipping cost to come down and find a a driver for the truck. Finally, in late January the piano was delivered to our house….in a snowstorm…at night. The big truck couldn’t make it up our road so the movers pushed the piano uphill…for a quarter of a mile…in a snowstorm…at night. Guess you had to be there.
Anyway, I wanted to see the look on my Mom’s face when she saw her parents piano (because her look of surprised delight is camera-worthy) so I refrained from mentioning any of this to her on the phone or even here on MEM. (Do you know how HARD it was to leave out the fact that we’ve had a piano in our lives the last 3 months?!) This weekend was the first my parents could come see us and we’ve all been so excited to surprise her! And it was exactly like I pictured ~ they walked in the house, Finn started playing it so she could hear it, my Mom walked in to see our new piano and then realized it was the piano she learned to play on growing up. I got 2 pictures of her surprised delight, which I wish I could share here but they are too blurry, so it doesn’t do it justice. But yes, I got teary-eyed watching her. It was worth the wait.
* My niece playing with my boys non-stop…even if it is super-loud.
* My mom brought dinner with her so we didn’t have to cook last night. Awesomeness.
* Hearing my Dad’s stories and watching him laugh.
* Having to laugh at myself right now because writing out my magic amongst chaos and many interruptions always makes me want to scream. I just warned my kids that if they don’t let me be grateful here on MEM right now, I was going to start yelling. This is typical. The good news is, they left and I didn’t have to yell.
* Thomas the Tank Engine has come to our town this weekend, so we’re all going to go chase him down at the RR crossings as a family later. My husband is really good at chasing Thomas and we do it every year.
* We have 7 pounds of bacon here (well, 6 pounds now) and I’m thinking that should be just be enough for our bacon-loving family.
* I have to stop now so I don’t start yelling at my 2 year old to let me finish this! ;)
What’s making you smile this weekend? I love you. ♥