Monday, March 31, 2008

Good Fortunes

Despite DTTF being sick and the weather being wet, the weekend was fairly good.  Because of those two things our original plans for the weekend were scratched, so we had an unexpected weekend off.  Saturday I did Tree Faerie’s laundry, which had somehow been skipped the weekend before.  I also went ahead and washed the 18-month clothing because she’s getting too long for the 12-month clothes.  This morning I sent her of to daycare in an 18-month denim jumper and bodysuit set that fit her really well.  She was absolutely adorable!  Now if only I could figure out a way to keep her from pulling out her ponytail holder…


She also learned a new word this weekend – cheese!  As in the yellow stuff that mice like to eat.  I don’t know the sign for cheese, which means she doesn’t either.  Instead, she does the sign for ‘more’ while saying, “Cheese?  Cheese?” (though it sounds more like chiss chiss).  I thought it was really cute until I was trying to nurse her to sleep and she kept pulling off to ask for cheese.  I finally gave in and got her some cheese. 


While we were sitting in the kitchen floor eating the cheese, my phone rang.  It was an Arkansas number, but it wasn’t one that was in my phone-list, so I waited to see if they would leave a voicemail.  Instead, they called back immediately.  Since several people dear to my heart, mostly family, live in Arkansas, I went ahead and answered it, afraid it was more bad news (I got a call last week to tell me that a cousin had a heart attack and died). 


It wasn’t bad news, though there was still potential.  It was my brother calling to say he was heading into Memphis and wanted to know if I was busy on Sunday.  I avoided the subject of where he planned to stay the night, but told him I could see him on Sunday.  After we got off the phone, I put it on silent in hopes that if he called back, he wouldn’t wake Tree Faerie.


I was a bit nervous about seeing him.  It had been about a year since I last saw him.  He is constantly on the move, and he and Mom aren’t talking much lately.  I don’t even have a phone number for him.  My relationship with my brother is a bit rocky to say the least.


When he called the next morning, we decided to meet at a Chinese buffet since DTTF was still sick.  I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of our lunch date.  My brother was simply enthralled with Tree Faerie, and she was not opposed to him.  He made several statements that gave me hope for his future.  He seems to have grown up quite a bit in the past year.  I only saw him for about 2 hours, but it was a good 2 hours.  I can’t help but have a bit of hope that my brother is actually beginning to grow up and settle down.  I love him dearly and really want the best for him.


As we left the restaurant, we each grabbed a fortune cookie.  Mine read, “You will have a lucky and memorable day today.”  It certainly was…



Not Afraid to Use It said...

I am so glad those two hours with your brother had so much positive energy and so much potential. In difficult relationships with our family we have to take one lunch or one holiday at a time. How nice that now you can look back and say "Last time we got together things went very well." That makes me happy for you.

Annikke said...

I am glad that the visit with your went well.. I have 2 brothers and one of which is not a good situation either!

Also, check out and it has videos to show you how to do certain words. I love this site and use it often! Check out cheese.... it is very simple!

namaste said...

so did you take a pic of tree fearie in that cute 18 month old jumper? i hope so or hope you will next time. i used to LOVE dressing my girls in denim jumpers.

that's good news about your brother. i hope his life is taking a turn for the better. thanks for sharing this.



KATE said...

I have a brother that sounds very similar to yours.
I'm SO glad that your lunch date went well! Here's to little brothers growing up sometime!