My daughter, Heather, and her husband, Jerry, and the two grandchildren have been here visiting - Lauren, Jonathan and Caed were driving down here on the 4th from D.C. arriving at about 6 p.m. in time for our cook-out and then the walk to the beach to watch all the fireworks along the coast - you can see them for miles. My other daughter, April, had to work so I was feeling the "empty spot" even before all the festivities started.
Some of us had spent the day at the beach - and just having fun - Jerry had put my Mom's new barbeque together - I had gone back to my place to change after the beach and was getting ready to leave when April called to say "hi" and I told her I was homesick for her. I got over to my Mom's home and after stopping to admire Jerry's handiwork I arrived in the family room - said hi to Jonathan and Caed - and then Kik, Heather and Lauren entered the family room singing one of my favorite songs for them to sing - a Shaker song called Simple Gifts - and as they came into the room I realized that there was a 4th daughter, April, coming through the doorway - they totally surprised me - I had no idea - never even imagined (sometimes I do try to get my hopes up with my imagination going full speed) that they would bring her - I just cried and cried and they asked if I was going to have a heart attack and I said no - you don't die from happiness. It was the best!!!