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Held every year, I had never been to the Christmas In The South Craft Show held here in Jacksonville.
Armed with my coupons and an child less than 12 years old (free entrance fee), my mother-in-law, my son and I decided to spend the Sunday downtown.
The day was gorgeous, a characteristic mid-70's balmy day with sunny skies and a warm breeze.
The event parking charged $5 to park which my mil and I thought was not cool. We found a parking spot
a block away for free!
As we got closer to the Prime Osborn Convention Center, we saw a dead bird on the sidewalk.
Such a waste!
part of the show? An impromptu performance by a ventriloquist/crafter with his handmade furry puppet!
The samples of jams, dips, taffy, candy. Yummy!
Still hungry, we headed over to Riverside, an eclectic collection of artsy crafty shops. My son
had his favorite chicken fingers and my mother-in-law and I split a 5 inch tall German Chocolate
cake at Biscotti's. A perfect ending to a lovely day!
I have always thought that when my kids are grown, moved out and living their own lives, I would happiest being by myself.
I would immerse myself in my crafts, my books, my continuous pursuit of amazing vintage treasures. Once in a while, I would foray into my kids activities, maybe cook or babysit from time to time. Lately though I have been rethinking this idea.
I come across many women my age or older who are divorced and alone. And lonely.
Some of them try to play a vital part in their grown children's lives, not always successfully. They talk about their kids all the time and it seems to me that they are vicariously living life through their kids adventures.
These women tell me it is very difficult to find a good male partner and in their eyes I see the longing for attention and love. Years ago, I would staunchly tell women that they don't need a man in their lives. And although there is some merit in my point of view, I think no one can argue that everyone needs love and attention.
I still think that I will be perfectly content in my little house (a little apartment would be even better) with my little garden doing an endless array of projects, I think it would be a much happier life if I share some days with family and friends.