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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family – Letters between a mother and daughter – by Miriam Hurdle

I’m honored that Sally features my archives on her blog. I would love for you to read this post and let me know what you think.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Miriam Hurdle shares two post in one with a letter that she wrote to her daughter and then she shares a very special post where Mercy shares the words that she associates with her mother, and the strengths she has inherited from her.

A Love Letter by Miriam Hurdle

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Dear Mercy,

I’m so proud to have you as my daughter. You gave meaning to my life! For over ten years when you were young, I overlooked my disappointments and emotional turmoil. All I could see was your beautiful smile. It gave me strength to move my feet, one step at a time.

You delighted me with your intelligence and made your learning fun. You were like a sponge, soaked in every new learning as fast as it came. I described you as book gobbler as you read books after books in such a fast pace. You were placed in GATE…

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Family Time in Portland

Visiting my granddaughter is always a fun and exciting time.

Autumn is 18 months old now. I try to see her as often as I could. My last visit was March 12 to 19 this year. I arrived on Wednesday night when Autumn was in bed. The next morning when I woke up and went to the living room, she welcomed me by showing me some of her toys and how she played with them. Then she came over and leaned on me, let me hug her.

Autumn loves books. When Mercy, Will or I sat on the floor Indian style, she picked out book after book, sat on our laps and handed us the books to read to her. She also loves to read by herself.

 

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SoCS March 23, 2019 – Mail

“Your Friday Prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last piece of mail you received.” Talk about the subject of the last piece of physical mail you received, i.e. a gas bill – talk about the gas, not the bill itself. Have fun!” – Linda G Hill

 

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The last piece of physical mail I received was a “Renewal Questionnaire” from  the Automobile Club. The Automobile Club is the carrier for our car insurance. I must fill out the questionnaire and return to the Club as required to receive the verified mileage discount at renewal.

We have two cars, one is an Acura, a sedan car which is my car. It’s registered in my name and I’m supposed to be the primary driver even though my husband does most of the driving these days. The second car is a Hummer, an SUV which is my husband’s car. It’s registered in his name.

I pay the annual license fee and the insurance fee for my car and my husband pays the same for his car. The Auto Club calculates the insurance based on the annual mileage driven by that car.

I bought the Acura in year 2000 as a gift for myself after I graduated with the Doctorate of Education degree. My school district was 22 miles away from home. My driving was about 45 miles a day for work, five days a week. Then I drove about 15 miles a day during the weekends. My annual driving was from 12,000 miles to 15,000 miles. I retired in 2010 and put in less mileage to the car.

 

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My husband bought the Hummer in 2011 for a low mileage used 2010 car because the manufacture stopped making Hummer in 2011. He worked closer to home and drove about 12 miles a day with the annual mileage of 2,100 to 3,000 miles a year. He retired in 2017.

 

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The insurance payment we pay for the cars depends on the annual mileage. When the mileage is above a certain number, we pay the regular insurance based on the depreciation of the car and the driver’s driving record that year. When the annual mileage is lower than a certain number, it’s leisure driving and the insurance is lower.

Since we both retired, for saving car insurance money, we use my car for everyday driving. My husband drives the Hummer only when we go out for a date night once a week and go to church on Sunday. He likes to do that because the Acura is 19 years old and he keeps the Hummer in a good shape. I’m practical!

We save car insurance on the Hummer!

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SoCS March 23, 2019 – Mail

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 126, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

 

The last eight weeks, our family went through many special occasions and experienced extreme emotions.

My nephew got married on January 19 this year. He met Summer when they studied for the master’s degree program. Enoch speaks Cantonese and Summer speaks Mandarin. During their courtship, they learned each other’s language. Of course, Summer’s parents speak Mandarin and my sister Yolanda, her husband Patrick and their daughter Eva speak Cantonese. Some family and friends speak English. So, the wedding was conducted in three languages. The vows in the wedding ceremony were done in Mandarin. During the break of the evening wedding banquet, Enoch serenaded Summer in Cantonese. It was the most romantic song I had ever heard.

The wedding was a whole day event. The groom and best men played the games responding to the bridesmaids when picking up the bride in the morning. The church wedding followed by a garden cake cutting ceremony in the afternoon, and the nine-course banquet in the evening.

The family and friends rejoiced with the young couple and celebrated the new beginning of their marriage.

 

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Lens-Artists Challenge #36 – Around the Neighborhood

Tina’s theme for Lens-Artists Challenge #36 is: Around the Neighborhood

Laguna Lake is within walking distance in our neighborhood. The word Laguna means lake in Spanish, so that makes “Laguna Lake” redundant, but it is known as Laguna Lake for many years. It’s about half a mile from our home on a hilly area. We sometimes walked up the hill to the lake and sometimes drove there if we started late in the afternoon. It’s 0.77 miles around the lake. My husband likes to run around the lake three times while I walk one or two times depending on how often I stop to take photos. The lake area is part of the cycling and horse trail that extends to different part of the city.

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RIP My Beautiful Sister

I had written a post about my sister Canty’s Home going on January 29 when I returned from Hong Kong.

It was my nephew Enoch’s wedding on January 19, 2019. Mercy, Will, Autumn, Lynton and I traveled to Hong Kong to share his joyous beginning journey of marriage. We arrived on January 12. Three days later, I got a message from sister #12 Yolanda, the mother-in-law to be, letting me know that sister #8 Canty was in the hospital. Later that day, Canty’s son messaged me that his mom had liver inflammation and hydrocephalus, congestive heart failure.
 
Sister #13 Queenie was also traveling from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to attend the wedding. I had scheduled the visit of Canty as soon as Queenie arrived.
 
On the 17th, the third day of being in the hospital, Canty’s condition made a sharp decline at noon. We all rushed to the hospital by taxi. She was unconscious when we were by her bedside. We took turns to massage her head and hands, speaking to her. She seemed to hear us as the muscles of the forehead gradually relaxed.
 
Queenie arrived in that early evening and made her way to the hospital. By that time, the monitor couldn’t detect the blood pressure. The doctor said she was on 100% oxygen and received mediation to sustain her heart. Her breathing and heartbeat were artificial for some hours.
 
After Queenie spoke to her, I went close to the bed and saw the blood coming out of her nose. I got the attention of the nurse. The nurse couldn’t stop the bleeding and informed us that, “It’s time.” Before the nurse closed the drape around her bed, I saw the blood gushing out of her nostrils.
 
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Canty was a Ballroom Dance instructor in her early years. She continued to be active in dancing.  She participated in the Dance Championship on November 4, 2018 and received an award. She posted some photos on social media. I messaged her on January 4, 2019, saying I wanted to see her dancing. She sent me the video clip of her Championship dancing. I said, “See you next week.”
It was saddened to say good-bye to her within two weeks of sharing her thrilling moments.

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Colleen’s Weekly Tuesday Poetry Challenge: Origin & Write – A Newborn in the Family

The prompt words for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 125 are “Origin & Write” – #SynonymsOnly

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A Newborn in the Family

What

A joy

To welcome

Baby Tori

My niece’s first child

Into the family

Eager waiting is over

Magic of baby’s first cry

Cast away worries and doubts in mind

Mother’s painful labor forgotten

Holding and beholding the miracle

Amazed by life’s fresh beginning

Overwhelming excitement

Shared by parents, grandparents

Siblings, aunts and uncles

New page of a book

Invites us all

To pen in

Colored

Stroke

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Origin & Write #SynonymsOnly

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