The Glass is Always Full: February 2008

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jenny


My fourth child, Jenny Leigh Larsen, was born on February 28, 1975. In 1992, at the age of 17, she died in an accident. April 4 will be the anniversary of her death. Last year I almost got through the whole day of April 4 without remembering the significance of that day or feeling the stab of pain. I was surprised, but it felt good. The first few years after her death her birthday was the hardest day, not the day she died. But even though it was a hard day, it was bitter sweet and a day of celebration. She loved birthdays and most especially chocolate cake. For several years after she died, on her birthday we'd make chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and go up to the cemetery and put a piece on her grave. She had to have some, too. The deer got it, which probably wasn't good for them. But it was good for us. At some point we stopped doing that. But a funny thing happened this year. Yesterday I craved chocolate cake and I made one, not really making the connection until later when I realized what date it was. So maybe Jenny was letting me know that she missed her cake. We sure enjoyed it! I miss you, Jenny, every day. You're a part of me, but you're not lost. It's just that it's such a long journey before we're reunited again. I have some funny stories about Jenny, and all my kids. I'll share them in here from time to time. That's where her stories belong, tucked right in with the rest of the family. She's still very much a part of us. I won't take the time to tell all about her here, I've done that numerous times in other journals. But I think the family would agree that she could be delightful and a pain all in the same instant. Sort of like how tickling can be torture but you're giggling all the way. She was silly and intense all rolled into one. Happy Birthday, Jenny!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Question. . . .

How do I make my picture smaller and the family picture bigger!?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Six Things

I recently visited my nephew's blog that started out with "Six Things You May Not Know About Me." It was quite interesting and seems a good way to start. I consider myself a very private person, which makes any kind of blog difficult in the first place. But I'm also a pretty open book to my family and close friends. It will be interesting to see if I can come up with six things.

  1. As a senior in high school I planned on going to art school to learn fashion design. I sewed most of my own clothes, although I never did get to designing any.
  2. My mother said she knew I was the entrepreneurial type when at about six years old I set up a card table in the front yard and started selling my toys for five and ten cents so I could buy a new toy.
  3. The first day I was allowed to drive to school I cut with a friend, we drove all over Oakland and then got into a fender bender two miles from home. (Yes, Nate, me too, but unlike you I didn't wrap the car around a light pole!)
  4. I love chocolate and hate licorice. That was lame, everyone probably knows that and should really agree with me.
  5. I've met Tom Selleck.
  6. I had a close encounter with Ted Bundy in 1974.

Wow, I surprised myself. If I thought really hard I could probably come up with at least six more.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Open Invitation

To get this started, I invite my children and grandchildren to ask me a question. Once I have a reason to start, I have no problem talking!