Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sentiment

I haven’t done much of anything this last few days. Maybe it’s the weather but I don’t really think so. Since we moved a month ago life has been somewhat different with a smattering of chaos thrown in. Apart from us having to try and get things back in order in our new place, it’s been hard to get motivated at times.

In the beginning there was such an excitement for finally getting away from the old place and all its problematic headaches. Lately though for myself, I have felt a little sadness. I do believe I actually miss some of the stuff from our last home.

The most natural thing are the birds, we don’t get the same kind of birds where we are now, and can you believe I miss seeing Bob! Yes! Bob of the Alzheimer’s, the chicken dance man and remember, the new name on our Christmas card list? ~ That Bob.

I have on occasion found myself talking to Elizabeth about him and worrying if he is still alright. We found ourselves looking for him when we were driving in town. For the longest time we saw nothing, then finally one day we spotted him. Poor Bob, here it was a scorching hot day and he was still wearing a winter coat and needing a haircut badly.

It’s nice though when you stop and talk to him. At first he looks at you quizzically, not quite remembering who we are. Then you see his eyes start to light up as a glimmer of memory eventually registers with his thinking. That’s the way Bob, you haven’t forgotten us after all! It just takes a little time, but then a smile lights up his whole face.
We chat briefly, then we tell him “You really have to get a haircut Bob”, another smile crosses his face.

We drive on and I am surprised, suddenly I feel a lot better about the day.

God, is this what getting older does to a person? Am I becoming my brothers keeper? It has to be the way the world is going! ~

To hell with it all. Have a great day and live it up.

C’ya

20 comments:

westerndeb said...

I'll bet that in his own way, Bob misses you too.

swenglishexpat said...

Eric - I think it is quite natural to feel a little low when things have settled after the move. Things begin to sink in and you have time to reflect. You might have lost some aspects of everyday life, like the birds and Bob, but you will discover other, new, exciting stuff. Cheer up!

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Westerndeb, I am inclined to agree with you on that.

Thanks for the visit, it is pleasant seeing you here. :)

Eric Valentine said...

I am sure you have hit the nail on the head Swen my friend.

The birds were a big part of our everyday life. One day they will be again I am sure, they just have to figure where we went to! LOL :)

drips of paint said...

Enjoy every moment Eric ... sounds like Bob enjoyed his moment with you.:))

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Tim, U could be right, but Bob usually lives in a world of his own most of the time. :)

Take care my friend. :)

Janice Thomson said...

I think it's wonderful you think about him and wonder how Bob is. I also think it will take time to adjust to your new surroundings but in time you will love other things about this place. It's the adjusting that's the hard part :) Take care Eric.

Stacey said...

Hi Eric...
It can be very hard when you first move, but once you have settled and got used to the area and atmosphere, you will start to enjoy the new surrondings and it will start to feel like "home"...
You will miss seeing Bob, but there is no doubt in my mind that you will never forget him, and when you and Elizabeth do see him, just keep a picture of that smile he gives you when he recognises you....those memories can never be forgotten ...
Hope you're well :-D

Eric Valentine said...

Thanks Janice for your encouragement.

Funnily enough we saw Bob in the town when we went out today, he looked like the same old Bob, that's nice to see. :)

Eric Valentine said...

What you say is perfectly true Stacey, but already things are settling down again, even saw Bob in the town today.. How about that! LOL

K.C. said...

Just popping in and feeling for you.. It is so hard to miss things and to miss people like that. I agree with Deb.. You surely do have a kind heart... Kayce

Eric Valentine said...

Hi K.C. you are too kind. Thank you for the visit, always nice seeing new faces. :)

Sam!! said...

I can understand your feeling dear.. but this is what life is.. nothing stays forever with us..

Enjoy each n every moment of life coz u gonna miss it tomorrow..

Loads of prayers n love..

Take care

Eric Valentine said...

Thanks Sam, you are so understanding being a feelings person yourself.

Do take good care my friend and may God keep you under his wing. :)

zirelda said...

I'm too tired to live it up, but I'm happy.

When we moved we kind of felt deflated for a while after the initial excitement wore off. It's better now.

It will be better for you too. I know this because of the kind of person you are Eric. :)

Happy Friday.

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Zirelda and thanks for your kind words, I am inclined to agree, things are already falling into place. :)

Hope your weekend is good to you. :)

David said...

Hey thanks a lot for your comment almost a year ago, haha funny how one can forgot about his blog. Oops!

Anyways, I decided to stick with the engineering a bit as it became slightly interesting but I am writing more than ever. After a lot of research and some fear, seems like some of my favorite authors did in fact have jobs outside of writing.

Anyways I have another blog now, which I intend to update and more geared at ideas and such for writings with snips of my life.
Hope to receive some more good help from you and keep blogging!

Eric Valentine said...

Hey! The voice from the past.

Hi David how are you and how is your writing these days?

Thanks for the visit after all this time, I'll check out your new place. :)

newnorth said...

I know what you mean about missing the stuff back home. I knew I would miss stuff but some of the things I miss are so little and I would have never thought of them. Anyway, I'm sure Bob appreciiates the visit...hope you're having a great weekend :)

Eric Valentine said...

It's so nice to see you posting Newnorth. Everyone seems to be either gone, or so busy this summer so far.. ~ even Bob went missing for a while! :)

Glad you are here again. :)