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 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 is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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