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"Where Have All The Flowers Gone"

Do The Flowers Actually Go Away?

As summer ends and the fall begins, that reminded me of my life. The summer of my life is gone and the fall is starting. I hate to admit it, but there it is. I'm speaking of my age, of course.

With that, there are "flowers" in my life that seem to be fading away also. My health isn't the same, not bad but just not the same; so in essence you could say it faded away. My job has faded away and other things too. But are they my flowers? No, the flowers I'm speaking of are my grandchildren. I have three granddaughters. Their ages are 25,23 and 11. I also have a great grandson, age 3 and a 3 month old granddaughter from my oldest granddaughter who is now living in Texas. I live in Pennsylvania.

The two older ones spent nearly every day growing up here with my husband and me. They were so much a part of our lives. My daughter used to tell me that they didn't have to be here so much if I got tired of them, but I used to tell her it's ok, because there will be a day when they grow up that we won't see them so much. I didn't expect it to be to this extent, though.

The11 year old is still part of our lives since my husband and I used to pick her up from school every day but now she walks the 2 blocks to her house. That little flower is still blooming but we don't see her every day now.

We don't see our oldest granddaughter obviously since she is living so far away. Through Skype and texting we can keep in touch.

Between college, work, a boyfriend and other activities, we don't see much of our second oldest now either. She is growing up and has a life to build, which is as it should be.

But, are they gone completely? Not really. Through Skype and texting, we can still keep in touch as often as we like. Is it the same, though? No, of course not. Nothing replaces seeing them, hugging and kissing them and taking them places like when they were younger and spending time with them. But I can still pray for them and ask God to watch over them and bless them and maybe someday, bring them back home.

For the birthdays of the two younger granddaughters that live her, I still cook them a birthday dinner, of their choice. Even though they are growing up, I can still do that for them.

Photos of Our Grandchildren All In Order of Birth

Our oldest granddaughter and her husband

Our oldest granddaughter and her husband

Our second oldest on her prom night.

Our second oldest on her prom night.

Caleb Dale and Olivia Starr.

Caleb Dale and Olivia Starr.

Claire Oceana

Claire Oceana

Holidays At My House

I love all my family. Of course, my husband, children, and grand and great children are my first loves. I love to feed them and make a comfortable home for them.

Speaking of "where the flowers have gone", I only hope that where ever they are, they will always want to come back and make the holidays enjoyable.

You will notice that a lot of other family members come to my house too on Christmas Eve. One of the few times the whole family can be together. God bless them all.

Photos of Christmas Eve at My House

Antipastos served on Christmas Eve

Antipastos served on Christmas Eve

My Christmas cookies, recipes on other hubs.

My Christmas cookies, recipes on other hubs.

Opening Christmas presents.

Opening Christmas presents.

Opening Christmas presents.

Opening Christmas presents.

Still opening presents.

Still opening presents.

Nieces and nephews visiting on Christmas Eve.

Nieces and nephews visiting on Christmas Eve.

Comments

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 27, 2021:

Thank you Peggy. Hope you and your family are all good.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2021:

My youngest brother and I used to sing the song, "Where have all the flowers gone?" I immediately zoomed back to the 60s when I read your title. You have a lovely family. It is nice thinking of them as the "flowers in your life."

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 18, 2021:

Thank you Journey, I thought I'd never get a comment for this hub. I enjoyed making it.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 03, 2020:

This is a lovely article. The pictures are nice and your words are touching. Thank you for sharing!

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