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Major and Minor Milestones

by Richie

These days you gotta take the good with the bad. I try to find a little something to be happy about each day. So I’m celebrating milestones this month, both major and minor.


The Haircut

It seems silly to celebrate a haircut, but after 6 months of living with a shag rug on my head it was a big day when my hairdresser finally opened back up. “Take a picture of all your hair on the floor!” he said. Could have made a Dolly Parton wig out of it.


A Big Birthday

We celebrated a milestone birthday with my mom who turned 90 a few weeks ago. We ate chocolate cake and opened presents. Well, sort of. Quarantine delayed the delivery of one of her gifts, so she got a picture of it wrapped in a box.


Soybeans Planted

Our soybeans are sprouting and that’s a milestone because this year’s crop almost didn’t happen. A tragic farm accident killed the gentleman who usually plants our fields. It was a shock to the whole community and a reminder that farming is still a dangerous profession. We did find a replacement farming outfit, and they rushed to get the fields planted on time. So it’s bittersweet to see “them beans” coming up now.


Jason’s Funeral

It’s not every day that you’re asked to bury a dear friend in your backyard. This was a milestone event that we were deeply honored to host. Jason loved our cabin so much that he wanted it to be his last resting place. We held an outdoor memorial service with over 30 of his family and friends in attendance. It was a lovely tribute to our good friend and we know he’ll always be with us. Especially since Tim gave him permission to haunt the cabin. Jason would be pleased.


So in the middle of the Worst Year Ever, let’s try to find a little joy in each day. Celebrate the milestones, both major and minor. Find the happy before you have to face the crappy.

And try to Keep Smiling!



Karen Moore June 27, 2020 - 3:44 pm

Oh the cycle of life Richie! The good, the bad and the unbelievably ugly. I don’t know if we ever met Jason, but what a beautiful resting place he has. Such a loving tribute. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. Keep celebrating my friend. So will we! Until we celebrate together again, take care.

Richie June 27, 2020 - 5:24 pm

Laughing through the tears, hon!

Deb reese June 25, 2020 - 1:21 pm

Thanks for the update Richie and especially the picture of Jason. <3

Richie June 25, 2020 - 1:58 pm

Miss him already, Deb!

Peggy Hoffman June 25, 2020 - 11:46 am

This post reminded me of the cycle of life, endings and beginnings, celebrations of a milestone birthday, and celebrations of lives once lived; the need for smiles, humor, and gratitudes, attending to what is sown and nurtured in the best and worst of times!

Richie June 25, 2020 - 12:54 pm

Thank you for these kind words, Aunt Peggy. A sense of humor is surely needed these days!

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