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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bits and Pieces

It's quiet this morning. I hear the wind chimes, birds, the angry chatter of a squirrel. and Sweet Wife's gentle footsteps as she putters around the house. I'll miss her next week when she returns to work.

Little Bit had a nice long visit with us last evening. She walked into the family room and to my chair and gently placed her hands on my face. She leaned and gently gave me a tiny kiss. Asked if she could really sit in my lap. I took her and placed her on my right leg, she leaned into me and I wrapped my arms around her. We didn't say a word, each to the other, for several minutes. I soaked in her love.

Then, "Papa."

"Yes, Sweetheart."

"Don't ever leave me again."

"I'll try, Honey, but Papa couldn't help it. I was sick, Honey."

"Did you try to go to Heaven, Papa. Did you want to see your mommy?"

I glanced over at Sweet Wife. She's quietly shedding tears. Little Bit still has a bear hug on me.

"No, Punkin, Papa didn't want to go to Heaven. I wanted to stay here with you and Nana."

"Okay, Papa. Can you walk?"

"Yes, slowly. Why?"

"Cause you need to get up and go to my room. We need to play."

So, I stood and she took my hand in hers and we slowly walked to her bedroom. (We've set aside a room for her visits. She refuses to sleep in it. It's a long way from our room and nightlights just don't cut it.) She took a couple of dolls from her bed and gave me one. We played. After a few minutes she took my doll and placed it aside, then gently pushed me back on the bed. She snuggled. Then she slept. I held her and thanked the good Lord for such a gift. And, my life.

Stephen

30 comments:

  1. Remember when I said to let Little Bit help you heal? There it is. This brought tears to my eyes. Kids are such a precious gift. I can't understand why everyone doesn't see that. Enjoy your gift of love. I know you cherish it.

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    1. Amen,she is indeed a gift of love. I do cherish her. Thank you, my good friend.

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    2. Told ya there were some of us praying for ya and that God can heal ya. Little Bit is just part of God's way of healing you.

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  2. What 45er said. Such a treasure from Heaven that little girl is!

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    1. Thank you, my friend...I hated to let her go home last night. But, there is always tomorrow.

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  3. It's good to hear that you are back where you are so need and loved by that little girl. It's little ones like that, and a great wife that give us cause to get up everyday and be the best person we can be. She is your your spirit. Cherish her every second and the wife. They are fleating. Please take care and yes follow the Doctor's orders. Yes I know they are only practicing medicne.....but everyone needs as much practice as they can get. Take care my friend and thank you for letting us have a glimps of that wonderful life you lead.

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    1. Thank you, very much, my friend. Wish I could practice under your guidance some time. If able I plan to make a stew tonight...of course with my wife's help. Again, thank you very much and I'll indeed cherish both my wife and grandchild. Wonderful life...at this moment, it is truly wonderful to be here.

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  4. sweet friend, i am tearing up, too. that Little Bit has a lot of insight. and she can help heal you. Sweet Wife as well. be good and get better. we want you around for a long, long time!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet kymber, I plan to be here as long as possible..thank you so much for your support and love over the last few days. It truly helped.

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    2. buddy - i just follow Duke and Senior's example as best i can...and keep your six. 'nuff said.

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  5. Brought tears to my eyes. Such a sweet little girl.

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    1. Mermaid, thank you..yes, she is my sweet girl.

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  6. I know you enjoyed and cherish the wind chimes, birds, squirrels, & Sweet Wife's footsteps. And each time you hear it for awhile, you will really enjoy it. Glad to hear you got to see your Little Bit, she is truly a gift from God! Your little angel let you know how much she missed you. Got a feeling shes not going to let you leave her eyes for awhile. Sweet Wife is finally able to breathe a little better now that you are home. She truly needs more rest for she goes back. You cannot get better nurses than those 2 girls right there! You have a lot to be thankful for. All these people on here were fixin to do what was necessary to get you out!!<3 You are a very good writer, and we love you sharing your life and adventures. Your general outlook on life is uplifting to many. Just have to ask, hows that cup of Joe? Best you have ever had. Again, happy to hear you are home and getting on with your healing.

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  7. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)February 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Speechless....sleep well tonight, Stephen. All IS right with the world. :0) XO

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    1. Phyllis, thank you. Last night was the first night in about eight days I slept without interruption. It felt great.

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  8. Smart young lady - hugs & kisses for Papa (and Nana). What better healing than that?! :-) Peace and rest to your household & be well soon!

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    1. Thank you, Hobo...she indeed eased my pain.

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  9. She knows best how to heal her Papa, with hugs, love & kisses. Those two things do more than anything else. Glad she got to hold you, & control you ;), in her own way. As others have said, follow Docs (& nurses) orders and you will heal. Look forward to more insightful information and you come back around.

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    1. I'm trying...Little Bit has a very special way of healing her Papa...Thank you very much.

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  10. and all was right with the world.

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  11. Stephen, you've hidden the tissues again. I can relate. My son's 5yr old daughter only gets to come up here on wknds and only if her mommy isn't on a tare. When she came to me last nite, the hug lasted a good long while. It felt so good. I cry every time she has to leave, but not till she is on the road. Grannys are supposed to be tough and mushy at the same time ya know.
    I am so glad for you and your sweet bride, you are home again.
    Welcome Back,
    ps please leave the tissues where we can get to them quick,:)

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    1. Isn't it a shame we're held captive (so to speak) to the whims of our children when it comes to visits of our little ones. I too (don't tell on me) weep when my Little Bit leaves. She always insist I carry her to her dad's car. Then waves until she's out of my sight. Rips my heart out. Thanks, my good friend.

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  12. I'm glad you are home and things are somewhat back to normal. While you were away, I had withdrawal symptoms. I had to go back and reread your older posts, they were still a treat the second time around. Glad to see you getting back to normal.

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    1. Thanks, Swamp Dog. I'm glad you enjoyed the second screening of my post...I seldom if ever reread them. If I do I want to rewrite, which drives me nuts. I hope to one day be back to normal...it'll be a while yet.

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  13. Right around when you were going into Hell, I did a post about you and Little Bit.

    I was wrong.

    Well, I was right that Little Bit had a couple of Angels. I didn't say that you had a little one, too.

    Quite frankly, I'm not sure which of you is luckiest.

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    1. Thank you for the nice post, my friend. You're correct, I'm the lucky one. She is now my little care giver. God has indeed blessed us with her presence.

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  14. Very good to hear you're home and under the special care of Little Bit!! I see a nursing profession in her future! There is nothing better in the world than being a grandpa - enjoy the day sir and take care.

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    1. She takes after her Nana in the care giving department. They nag me to death...I hope to see her again tomorrow, some time. She's at home now and I miss her. Thank you, my friend.

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