Well...my old camera never turned up, so I had to purchase a new one. I'm kind of a gadget guy, so buying a new camera didn't take any twisting of my arm. The first picture of Em and P on the new camera is great!
I was looking at this picture a few minutes ago and could not believe how old the girls look. It actually took me back to a conversation with a counselor at North Kansas City Hospital just before we lost Jen. This particular counselor specialized in helping children cope with mortality, whether it be their own or that of a loved one. She said children that lose a parent at an early age "become old souls very quickly." At the time it made sense but I could not agree out of experience. Now, I know exactly what she was speaking of. Besides being very intelligent--don't I sound like a boastful parent--there is something additional they have gained from their experience in losing their mother. I can't quite explain it, but "old soul" fits. It is almost as if they have found peace with their loss and are now stronger and wiser because of it. I wouldn't be surprised if during one of my difficult moments they would sit me down on their lap and console me.
We are planning a relaxing weekend here at home. I hope you all enjoy yourselves and stay safe. Memorial Day weekend is one of rememberance for those that have given their all, which is often a life, in service to their country. As far as I am concerned, our nation is at war with cancer and Jennifer Ireland gave the ultimate sacrifice.