Blowing Bubbles on your Birthday

June! Where did you go? Between grandkids and fires, that was one of the most eventful and quick months I can ever remember. The low point was hearing of all the looting of evacuated homes and smashing of car windows to steal the fire evacuees few precious remaining possessions. I could not help but be very angry at anyone who would take advantage of such a horrific situation. The high point of the month was blowing bubbles with my grandchild on my birthday. Such bliss.

I learned about a new term, “hetero-norming.” It is something else for schools and teachers to think about as they deal with all of the issues they have at a time with so little money to allocate for even the basics. Whether you think it is something the schools should deal with or not, it opened my eyes to things I had not thought about before.

So, on to July. My family will be together to celebrate the 4th and that in itself will be a huge blessing. We will also be remembering Dean in a special way, at a very special place on the Hermosa, his old stomping grounds from his childhood. I am far enough through the grief process to be able to concentrate on the good things, the funny things, and the legacy of sarcasm & humor that I see in his children. There are many other good things too, his work ethic for example, but the humor is the one that jumps out and gets me when it comes from the kids. Life carries on, doesn’t it?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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