My wife encouraged me tonight to blog… It’s been quite the hectic/difficult/busy week, so blogging wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind, but I thought it may be therapeutic to “blog it out”. So, with my wife’s nudging, here are my thoughts for the current moment.
the heavier side of life:
As I stated in my last post, my stepmother (Estela) was not doing well. I went to visit her and my family a week ago Friday. It was a last minute trip, but I am thankful I was able to go there and see her, as she passed away on Sunday (Easter) morning. I left Pittsburgh again on Tuesday morning to head back to Indiana/Michigan. It has been a good several days, but very hectic and emotional at the same time. I was able to see so many family members, and was able to spend several days with my father (something I haven’t done in a long time). When I was young, my brother and I would go out to dinner frequently with my dad, as well as spend weekends at his home. Although it was under sad circumstances, it was nice to be able to spend time with him like that again this week. I hope we can do that more in the future. The services for Estela were very nice, and seemed to be a fitting tribute to her life. You may have noticed that I said “seemed” in the last sentence. The reality is I was never incredibly close to Estela. When parents divorce and remarry, it sometimes does not yield the strongest of relationships. This reality for me saddened me this week. Estela always seemed to be a cheerful woman… Passionate, Loving, and a very devoted mother to her 2 daughters. In the past few years, she was lucky enough to gain 3 grandchildren, and it’s always been clear that was a great joy in her life as well. All the memories I heard shared about Estela the past few days made it very clear that she was a special woman, loved by many… Especially my father. I can honestly say that I wish I had made an effort to be closer in the time we had together… Despite my regrets and wishes, life does carry on. I cannot turn the hands of time back now, and I must try to make the most of the days that remain in front of me. There are lessons to be learned from all this, but with the emotions still fresh, I am still processing this. I am back in Pittsburgh now, and I have one last day before I head back to work. Hopefully it will be a restful day where I can clear my mind a bit more before diving back into the daily grind again…
other random things:
Despite the sadness/busyness of the funeral, there have been some other things going on…
In order to be with my family through the recent events, I have been doing lots of driving. I have put well over 1,800 miles on my car in the past week. Luckily, the only battle scar my car took was a small rock to the windshield on the way back to Pittsburgh yesterday. I was happy to find out that as long as it can be repaired that my insurance will cover the cost.
Kelly and I began “Spring Cleaning” around the apartment today. For those of you that don’t know, I have always had a tendency to be a somewhat messy person, but I hate when things get too messy. With the craziness of the past few weeks, our house had gotten out of hand. Luckily, we were able to get things back under control today. There is more to do (isn’t there always?) but the house is looking much, much, MUCH better than it was.
Construction in Pittsburgh is a very frustrating thing… This morning, Kelly and I tried to go to the 10 AM service at the new church we are attending. We left 40 minutes early, and the drive should have only taken 25 minutes. Well thanks to Parkway closures/construction, it took us nearly an hour. However there was a blessing in disguise. We discovered a diner called Kelly O’s near the church that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network. We had a delicious breakfast there (a bit unhealthy), and then made it to church for the 11:15 service.
Lastly… the Pittsburgh Pirates… I have committed to following and supporting this team this summer. This city has plenty of Steelers and Penguins fans, and while I enjoy these teams, I have decided to be a devoted Pirates fan this baseball season. This has already been quite the stressful endeavor. While the first 2 wins were quite exciting, the next 2 losses were awful. I was encouraged by the win last night, but then today the team gave up 13 runs in ONE inning… That’s right… The Bucs gave up more runs in one inning than most teams give up in 2 games… This could be a long summer. ::deep breath:: GOOO PIRATES!
I know this post has been all over the place and back, but that’s pretty much how life has been the past few weeks. Hopefully things will begin to return to normal, and as a result my posts will be a bit easier to swallow. Hope you all have a pleasant week.