Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend of Hope

We had a weekend like we hadn't experienced for a very long time. It was nice and rewarding.

On Friday our son wanted to go out to eat with us on our normal Friday date night. That's good we will always allow him to be involved as long as he is clean. We met friends and our son and his girlfriend joined us. It was a very pleasant dinner with laughs and no discussion of drugs and addiction. We went to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream afterwards and when it was our turn to order lightning struck a tranformer and killed the power in the whole shopping district so we wound up at the Dairy Queen instead.

On Saturday I got to catch up on yard work. It has been unbearably hot here in KS the last few weeks. The weeds around the Koi pond were out of control so I weeded it and it took a lot longer than I anticipated. After that it was time to do the yard, our yard is 2 acres along with my small orchard in back so it is not a small task to get it all done. The bike needed cleaning so that is another one of my private pleasures. If you are not a Harley owner you wouldn't understand.

Our daughter called and ask us if we would watch the granddaughter, of course. Our son then ask us if they could come up to visit Saturday night too. So we all went to the county fair together. Our granddaughter is a thrill seeker. She really got excited about riding the rides, merry-go-round, flying dumbos, motorcycles and cars. You all know the drill. She kept pointing at the ferris wheel and the wheel of fire but we didn't let her do that one. Our son rode with her on a couple rides and it was very pleasing for us to see them both laughing and having fun.

On Sunday he came back again. This day was for a little work. I am slowly replacing the windows in our house and mom does not like being on a scaffold so he helped me instead. He was good help and was learning that it is a slow methodical process then the job comes out well done. He went and picked his girlfriend up from work and brought her and her girls back for dinner. We grilled some pork chops and we all had a very nice dinner.

If all of this activity and a few dinners helps him with his recovery then it is the cheapest rehab I have paid for. It is so nice to see that there still is a real person inside and if allowed that person can come back.

15 comments:

Annette said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those kinds of weekends. So happy for you. Its weekends like that that keep us hoping for our precious kids.

Brother Frankie said...

clean the bike? wuts that like? LOL i clean mine once a year. its nice to see the white walls i guess, rest of the time these tropical storms at 30 MPH do the trick..

dad, i know we are opposites in personality. at one time i was like you. then i realized i spent more time cleanin than rididn,,,

you are loved
Brother Frankie

(hows the wood workin going? also, i used to live in Junction city.... {{{shudder}}} now i wish i was back there to settle down..)

Kristi (Jake's Mom) said...

So happy you all had a wonderful weekend!! I pray there are many, many more in all of your futures!!

LisaC said...

Wonderful weekend...I'm really happy for you and Mom. It is nice when good times with family just happen.

And I love Coldstone (and DQ is good too)!

Anna said...

Soooo glad you caught a much deserved break and enjoyed time with the family.

jackandaisy said...

hi dad and mom,

so happy to read this. i just did a post on our weekend with jack and it is so nice/refreshing to see someone you love so very dearly to be doing "normal" things. we have to grab our happiness when we can get it. much love and continued success to your family and to your son. it is these inspiring moments that bring the most hope for me.

daisy

Erin said...

So glad that you had an enjoyable weekend! Yes, the normal is just WONDERFUL!!!!!

Tori said...

Those are the days I love. Peaceful, fun and loving. So glad to hear you and your family had a peaceful nice weekend.

Syd said...

That is awesome. How great that he was there and it was like a "normal" family with no drama. Just people being together and having a great time.

Briar said...

Glad to hear you had a string of days that were good and free from addiction in your lives. I'll pray for more.

Jan said...

I would give my whole right side for even 2 hours of normal..... happy for you!

sKILLz said...

Despite all the bad that good person is always inside. Sometimes they are buried deeper than other times.

Sounds like a good weekend.
Wow you guys have a huge backyard area! Love it! My dogs would too!
I would love to see them run around like crazy...

Wow that's a trip about lightning striking and the power going out. Anyone get spooked?
Well glad to hear everything is going well. Hope it keeps on going!
Stay Up!

Dad and Mom said...

Frankie,

Not much woodworking going on right now. I am replacing all of the windows in or our house with the ones mama wanted, those high efficiency Pella with the blinds inside the glass. You know how it is, mama gets what she wants. ;-)

Mariah's Mom said...

Clearly he wanted to spend time with you and Mom...this alone speaks volumes:) Treasured times, for sure.

mother of drug addict said...

Its kind of sad that we as parents get so excited about normal behavior. I look forward to those times also though they are few and far between.