Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chloe Comes For A Visit

After work today I picked up my granddaughter at her daycare center. I hadn't seen her since before my father died. It's always a joy to see Chloe. Her car seat was in the trunk of my car so before leaving the daycare I had to reinstall it in the back seat of my car. By the time I secured the seat in my car and Chloe in the seat, I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It was cold outside and the winds were blowing at a speed just shy of qualifying for a Level One hurricane. Securing a car seat in a car can sometimes feel like you are docking the space shuttle to the space station that currently orbits the earth. Finally, with Chloe secured and Grandma digging for suckers in her purse, we got on our way to the Five Star restaurant called McDonald's. After dinner we came to my house and played until just a few minutes ago. I love Chloe visits but at the end of a workday I barely have enough personal energy to maintain minimum life support systems like breathing or pumping blood through my own heart. When she leaves I usually head straight for my chair. What an endless source of energy Chloe has. It is a challenge to keep up with her. These workday visits only last a few hours. If it is a weekend we sometimes go to the park and feed the ducks. Here we are on a beautiful day last autumn.

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