Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Today is my late aunt’s birthday. I’ve been thinking about her a lot. She would have only been 62 today. She died too young.
A mutual friend recognized her birthday on Facebook, which put a smile on my face, but then I also realized how many people had sent birthday wishes via Facebook who apparently didn’t have any idea that my aunt passed away. It reminded me how social media can be a great tool to stay connected, but also how superficial it can be. These people obviously had no other way to hear about the sad news of her passing.
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I got to see – and hug, and talk to – my Palestinian co-worker (and friend) yesterday. I wanted to offer him words of support and comfort, but it felt all so incredibly insufficient in light of the pain he and his family is going through. I am sure he appreciated that I said anything at all and he was so incredibly brave and calm when he talked to me. (In all honesty, I was surprised to see him at the office but he said that distraction was good.)
I was heartbroken to learn more details about his family. He lost his father, four brothers, and two nephews. But I was also somewhat elated to hear that he has another brother and two sisters who are alive. I didn’t prod him about more details, although I hope and wish that more of his extended family (especially kids) are safe. I cannot imagine the anguish though he’s going through not knowing what will happen to them.
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Our daytime highs are still in the 70s (which equals “perfection” for my Goldilocks soul), but you guys, I got out the space heater for the first time this morning. Overnight lows were in the low 40s and the duplex was freakin’ cold when I got up. I knew it was going to be time soon, as I was snuggled up in my hoody with a blanket on the couch last night (while Jon was still walking around in shorts and t-shirts. Are your partner’s temperature perceptions wildly different from your own as well?).
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I got a call this morning from my sister who informed me that my parents had a pipe leak at their house and that a part of the basement was flooded. There’s a lot of boxes with my stuff in my parents’ basement. She was sorting through things and wanted my “okay” to throw away stuff as she sees fit. Uff. Is this the universe doing remote decluttering for me?
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This is my last chance to make a plug for NaBloPoMo. If you want to join, or know someone who would like to join, consider adding yourself to the “official” list. I know writing and reading/commenting for 30 days is a lot and it should be fun and without pressure, but also remember, this is still a fairly small group and it should be doable to engage with each other. The best thing: you’ll see more of the people you already know and adore, and maybe, you’ll even make a new friend or two. It’s a win-win!
What’s been going on in your world this week?