Climbing the Golden Staircase


Last year one of my favorite people moved on to what I hope we can call a better place. He loved helping people, playing with his grand kids, hunting, and was never short of words. Having to explain death to a child at any age is hard but explaining death to our little human was hysterical. He truly does have one of the most interesting minds

When my grandpa first passed away, we tried to explain to our little human what that meant and that his Papa Joe wouldn’t be around anymore. We explained that he would be watching him from up in the sky and he could talk to him any time. His response?

Mom, I’m just going to go up to the sky and visit with Papa Joe, its fine.

No little human that’s not how it works

Yeah it is mom, you can pull me down when its time for me to come home but I’ll just go up into the sky and visit with my Papa Joe. 

Ok little human, you do that 😊

Then comes the funeral. My grandpa was cremated and placed in a beautiful wooden box. As we were standing at the cemetery our little human’s wheels start turning. I was not prepared for what question came next!!

Mom, why is Papa Joe so small?

Oh wow, I never even thought to explain that!! Well, lets see……...we burnt him? Well that’s a great way to scare the living crap out of ANYONE!!! Ok let’s think again, those are his ashes in the box? I foresee eight thousand more questions with that one! Ok I got it!!!!!!!

When we go on to a better place, we get to choose to be big or small. Papa Joe chose to be real small!

Little Human response: Well I am going to be BIG!!!!

You can’t always prepare for what your little humans throw your way. They have such inquisitive minds and just want to learn about the world. Take the time to explain the world to them and with that knowledge they can conquer it!

Signing off for now
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SMILE its good for the soul 😜
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I WILL AWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU


I am back……again……. and you know what, who knows how long it will last this time, but there is one thing I know……I LOVE writing and I miss it every time I take a break. You know what this means my human readers????? No matter how long I am gone or when I leave, I will ALWAYS come back!

Today brings you a fun filled story of our recent ride to my hometown. Well, let me take you back to the start of this crazy pandemic. We were those super crazy humans that DROVE to Florida and with shear will and determination we made it to Disney before it closed. We took VERY little breaks, but our little humans were things of amazement. Those little balls of crazy happiness not once asked: “are we there yet”. Well I guess my almost 2-year-old can’t really iterate those comments yet but the 4-year-old sure can. I was impressed!!! A 3-day drive, almost straight through, to Disney, and little complaints about it!

Fast forward to this last weekend. We decided to take a trip up to Alexandria, yes, I know this breaks quarantine protocol BUT we were careful and we limited our exposure to very minimal members of society! This 2-hour trip included snacks, movies, songs, and the feeling of togetherness. You want to guess what the difference was from this trip to our Florida trip? Go on take a guess……..those 4 words that each parent waits for…….ARE WE THERE YET?

For real little human? You made it ALL of the way to Florida without a peep of this legendary phrase but when we drive 2 hours north this is all you care about? All I could do was laugh and keep answering not yet little human, why don’t you watch your show a little more. Ok Mom!
Next time you are able to take a road trip, try to enjoy your time, even if it is packed with fighting, are we there yet, and loud complaints. We don’t get this forever and we have all felt the pain with this quarantine. Remember summer is here, minus the snow last weekend, and we can all spend our time outside. Keep safe my humans and know that I will always be here for you!


Signing off for now
Duces
SMILE its good for the soul 😜
#MinnesotaGoodbyeπŸ‘