Man, for those of you in the DMV area – can we talk about all of this rain we are getting? For someone who does NOT like rain, it is annoying me a little…
I came across this article about a local Falls Church boy breaking and setting the world record for a half marathon – CRAZY.
Later tonight, Tommy, Violet and I are heading up to Maine for Tommy’s dad’s memorial service. I will try to post something tomorrow, but no promises. Not sure what the day will bring.
Back to this past Monday – Memorial Day. I want to give my own thanks and appreciation for all the men and women in the armed services who fight and sacrifice for my and others freedoms. I have several family members currently or previously in the military (including Tommy) so we both admire and respect these individuals and their families.
Monday was reserved for family. Tommy and I woke up at 7:45am to pack up, tidy up our (amazing) guest room, and enjoy a cup of morning coffee with Elaine, before we drove out to Garland and Rockwall (suburbs of Dallas).
Our first stop was an important one, to visit my childhood dog, Chase! Chase and my family and I go way back. We got him when I still lived in Cairo during my junior year of high school. Once I had graduated from high school and was planning on going to college at SMU in Dallas, we made the decision to send Chase to the US as well – to live with my aunt in Dallas! Yes, it was fabulous being so close to my dog, but we did it for another reason. Egyptians do not like dogs (they think they are dirty) so they try to kill/poison most of the street dogs that roam the neighborhoods and city. As awful as this is, to add on this unfortunately doesn’t discriminate against people’s pets. We learned the hard way. Our dog before Chase, Cinder, accidentally ate a piece of poisoned meat on one of her walks and died. My parents did not want this to happen to Chase so bye-bye Cairo, hello Dallas!
Chase is now an old man, going 14 years strong. While he is blind in one eye, is gray and white around the mouth, and paces a lot he certainly still has some pep in his step. He remembered Tommy and me and was very excited to see us. It was sooo good to see him. I’m not sure if he’ll be around the next time I’m in Dallas. 😦
Someone else was also excited for company. My aunt Jackie’s other dog, Tiki,
After we were done visiting the pups, Aunt Jackie, Tommy, and I headed in our respective cars to Rockwall. We were meeting my other aunt, Kim, for breakfast. It was so great to just catch up with them and chat for a little over an hour. I can’t remember the last time we did that.
Pretty soon it came time to say our good-byes and head to the airport. Both Tommy and I were sad to leave Dallas (we had such a good time), but we were excited to see our little Princess back home. 🙂