As I go through my cleaning regimen to ready our home for guests again. Seems like it's a re-run of last year at the same time. Last year it was friends and then a large family reunion and then my sister with her husband and my niece and then my mom and my aunt. Our home will not be hosting quite so many this year but we begin receiving our guests this year in just about a week. This year it is an early visit from my mom but with my dad in tow. I haven't seen my dad since 2010. We talk and text so there is quite a bit of contact but it is not the real deal. If you know what I mean. Planning on spending time, quality time with my dad and enjoying him. I miss him. But this past year I have really missed him and long to sit with him and visit. To smell his cologne, hold his gnarled, work damaged, strong hands, share some hugs, enjoy morning coffee cake with a steaming hot cuppa Joe, drink wine in the late afternoon warm sun.....the list goes on. There won't be enough time and it will go by too fast. Every moment will be a cherished moment, one that I will hold dear in my heart and put away to recollect after he has left for home. If you are lucky enough to have your dad and mom close enough to drive over and give them a hug or to enjoy a cuppa Joe or glass of wine or cup of tea, get over there!!! Don't take their closeness for granted. Enjoy them.