Marc drove to St. Louis (1/2 way) to pick up Oksana on June 4th. We could not believe how much 12 year old Aric had grown these past 6 months and is now taller than his 16 year old sister. You can see his big grin of satisfaction.
Aric will be going to stay with his mom for 2 weeks, but thankfully will be back with his dad and us soon. It's difficult for Marc and Mickey and I to have had Oksana here only 5 weeks so far this year. Such is the plight of divorce.
Today Mickey and I finally conquered another difficult task that we had discussed with Dave and needed to do but had been putting off. We called Dave about picking up some China and Crystal that we had given Suzette. He answered the phone and was in Dallas (aren't cell phones wonderful? !!!) but he said to feel free to go over and get the items so we did.
This is the first time we'd been to their house since the day after Suzette's memorial service on May 24th when we went to clear out all her clothes, but I was still numb that day. Today I was not numb, as I've been dealing with her no longer being with us for 7 weeks and 2 days.
Walking into that house, with everything exactly as she had fixed it and decorated it, without her being there was almost more than I could bare. But life goes on and we must face reality as painful as it sometimes is. I sobbed and bawled my eyes out for some minutes and then we got to the task at hand.
We had given Suzette this 36 pc set of Rose China - Japan - in this Rose Villa 3912 pattern when she was 19!!! 36 years ago!!!
The set was service for 8: dinner plates, soup dishes, bread and butter plates, and cups. Also a serving dish, platter and creamer and sugar bowl set. It is trimmed in silver.
I had a 12 serving pieces set of 8 different crystal pieces. When Suzette and Dave married, on Valentines 1994, I had given her 4 pieces of the 8 different sizes of crystal.
Here I am putting the very last piece into the storage box. We plan to give this china and crystal to one of Suzette's 2 nieces(Jessica or Oksana) or nephew (Aric) as a heirloom from her.
Two other items we also packed away were: (1) a flowered cup and saucer set that had belonged to Mickey's mother and (2) a ceramic teapot, 4 plates and 4 cups that I had made YEARS ago.
Another milestone and big hurdle out of our way. It feels good and the best part of all......we know Suzette is smiling down on us!!!! We love you honey and miss you sooooooooo much, but we WILL see you again soon.