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The Fourth (And the Third!)

July 5th, 2015 at 04:07 am

I'm up early in the morning. My brother has gone off to play golf, his well-deserved reward for cooking all day yesterday. We have had wonderful meals since we arrived -- it is so much fun to come here and luxuriate in the good food! As I've said before, he is a retired chef, who (luckily) still likes to cook at home and for company!

I went to garage sales in the morning yesterday, along with my DIL's mom. We found quite a few, though none of them were terrific. I bought a skirt for my granddaughter, a hoodie for myself, a car booster seat, and water toys. I spent $7.

In the afternoon, we went boating and swimming. As the day progressed, more and more nieces and nephews and their offspring arrived. We had a cookout on the patio at dinnertime, played bags and other games, and the culmination of the day was getting to see a spectacular fireworks show over the lake, while sitting on the patio! My grandson fell asleep in my lap, even while the fireworks boomed! I think these will be great childhood memories for them.

But backing up a bit, I also had a good day on the third. I met my former prof for lunch at an Irish pub. After a wonderful conversation, he needed to get going to a meeting (he's working on writing a textbook). But as we parted, I asked if I could give him a hug, and he said "Oh yes! I was hoping!" and we had a warm hug. This is the first real indication to me that he might return my feelings. He is very reserved, and he was suddenly widowed several years ago which was clearly a terrible experience for him. So he has been friendly and polite, but I have been left wondering, does he like me -- in the way I want him to? Now I think he does! Stay tuned.

Oh, and even though he was my prof, he is only eight years older than I am, which at this age, is not a big difference at all!

So far retirement is great!

8 Responses to “The Fourth (And the Third!)”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good luck with the professor, I hope there's some great news there!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ohh! That sounds quite intriguing with the professor! Big Grin

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    Can't wait to hear about the prof!!!

  4. snafu Says:

    I hope every day of retirement is as full of joy and fun as those just outlined. Will you invite prof friend to your Facebook site to thank him for the delightful lunch, include a few July 4th celebratory photos and let him know how much you enjoyed your conversation? How did he celebrate Independence Day? Perhaps his response will offer more clues.

  5. Kiki Says:

    Love the story with a potential new beau!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Very hopeful about the prof...eight years is nothing as adults! DH and I are 14 years apart and because we have the same values and many of the same interests, we get along great.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Snafu, he does not do Facebook -- in fact, he does not even own a cell phone! Very traditional guy. Thanks all, for the good wishes!

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    Ooh, fun possibility!

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