The weather is heating up, and so, to keep out of the heat, I have once again taken to my keyboard. I am also a little excited because the ping-pong table I ordered has finally been delivered and set up. Have you ever seen a thousand screws, gizmos, and what-nots scattered across your carpet? Kudos to the two young men who set up the table. They made quick work of a job that would have taken me days, or longer.
I lost my first game with the neighbor, but I should have recognized the gleam in his eye when I asked if they played. I got sandbagged, but we laughed so hard it didn’t matter a bit. I haven’t played in such a long time and my love for the game has not changed at all over the years. My folks had a table set up in our garage (come to think of it – they absolutely never used the garage as a place to store cars) and we all loved to play. This new table will go in the basement (where the temperature is nice and cool) – so it will be fun all year round.
My Florida family is headed this way soon. I was informed my grandson is already packed and I am on pins and needles awaiting their arrival. This is one of those rare times during the year when my three grandchildren get to be together. From my own experience with cousins – that is monumentally important. My cousins mean the world to me.
I hardly knew either of my grandmothers, so I’m hoping to leave my grandkids with a different kind of memory. I’m not sure if they are tall enough to play ping-pong yet, but we’ll have fun trying. And if not, there’s always home-made ice-cream!


About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and 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, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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