You know how you save some text messages on your cell phone because you don't want to part with them? And after a while they pile up and every time you get a new text message you also get a message saying your memory is full and you have to delete something? Well, I've been playing that game for over a year, and I'm tired of it, so here below you'll find the high points of my life since December 2007.
Dec. 8, 2007. From Jennifer: My table is 6.5 x 3.5 with leaf. 5 x 3.5 without. [She'd just bought a new dining room table, and I needed the size so I could make a table runner for her. It's almost finished. Kind of.
Dec. 24, 2007. From Jennifer: The boys get their cell phones in the morning.
Jan 1, 2008. 4:15 a. m. From Devin: Happy new year
Jan. 20, 2008. From Bradley: Thank you. I love you.
For a reason now forgotten, Jennifer and I got into a text conversation about the trip we took as a family to the beach in July 2000 following my husband's death in April of that year. I erased my messages but kept hers.
Jan. 20 From Jennifer: I'd forgotten that. I remember the family meetings every night with flashlights
--And losing Larry (her Chihuahua). Mary piled up in bed, me having to drive her tank of a vehicle, today presents from the consignment shop, the best dinner table in the world, and laughing so much.
--My most favorite vacation ever!
--Making pillows, McDonalds, FIRE, the awful storm, midnight walk on beach with my sweet mama [that's me], star fish and sand dollars, bobo brand everything from grocery
--store. So many great memories.
--You and Mary went somewhere every day usually for a few hours. (REDACTED.)
March 16. From Jennifer: I measured Devin on March 1 and he was 5' 8". Looked at him yesterday and said You've gotten taller. Measured him this morn and he's 5' 10".
June 7. From my compadre: Praise the Lord and pass the plate. [I was in Winterville, North Carolina, for Bradley's graduation from high school and had just texted him that we'd successfully gotten the boy through it.]
June 25. (REDACTED.)
June 26. From Jennifer: But I call you a nerd with love in my heart.
July 7. REDACTED.
September 19 REDACTED.
November 6, 2008. From Jennifer: North Carolina just called -- Obama won NC! We're a blue state! It's a beautiful day!
July 14, 2009. REDACTED
Jan. 9, 2010. REDACTED
Mary Flowers, I learned only recently, won the South Carolina state spelling bee when she was in grade school.] [And while we're on the topic of spelling, may I point out that the Christmas Day underpants bomber was able to get on that plane because of spelling errors. SO THERE: it DOES count.