December 04, 2006

Unexpectedness

It's late and I really oughtta be in bed right now......but I really feel a need to blog a bit. I will make it short.

Today was Tamale day at Grandma Romero's house. I didn't go because I live here in Minnesota and Grandma lives in California. Every year for as long as I can remember it has been a tradition for all of us Romero girls to get together and spend a day making lots (and I mean LOTS) of tamales to enjoy for the holiday season.

Nancy sent me pictures and made me cry.

I haven't participated in Tamale Day the last five years that I've lived here......and every year on Tamale day....I feel this same way.......completely heartbroken with homesickness.

Did I mention? Nancy sent me pictures and made me cry.

To top it off, sometimes life throws you an unexpected surprise.....and today was no exception.

I checked my e-mails and received a comment on my previous blogposting. It was a comment from an old dear friend of my deceased sister (Julianne) who happened to stumble across my little ol' knitting blog. His name is Dave Wolowic. For all my friends and family in California who read my postings.......his name will ring bells. For the rest of you.....you may know him as big hot shot sound editor on many big (and by big I mean gi-normously big) hollywood major motion pictures. It's not often I get to name drop....so there.

But I digress. Like any time you reconnect with someone from your past that you haven't talked to in years.....it inevitably brings back tons of memories.

So I took the stroll down memory lane today......and although it's been an emotional day, I feel blessed that all my memories of friends and traditions are happy ones.

also, Dave sent me pictures of Julianne that I'd never seen before and therefore made me cry. Like this one from when she was a dancer at Marriott's Great America.



What on earth is this world comin' to........Is it everybody's mission to make me cry?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Amy said...

I think the holidays make us all more tear-prone, and add to that all the unexpectedness of your day...as Michael would say, sounds like your day was bittersweet. Sad and good at the same time.

Ironically, I had tamales this weekend at the Global Market...yum yum. Maybe we should go there on some non-holiday day.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Aw.... Maybe you need to do your own tamale day up here, start your own tradition?

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Connie said...

I agree with Chris - you should start a tamale day here and invite friends! We had some great empanadas and tamales at Machu Picchu - south minnapolis - delicious!!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for sharing your blog and especially for the new picture of Julianne. If you have more, I would love to see them. You are always missed here in California -and especially on Tamale day. Maybe we should start planning for next years campaign" send Lisa to grandma's" fund....huh-what you think? I am happy to pitch in!
Auntie Kathy

3:17 PM  
Blogger Knittymama said...

Knitter's tamale day:-)

What a neat picture!

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