ARE YOU READY FOR
1997 is about to decline...
as we toast each other with a glass of good wine
but our burning issue is on what to dine...
So our festive meal will be steak and lobster
(which to afford, you need an "in" with some mobster)
But it's just once a year that we are so bold!
And so our gala schedule will no doubt un fold:
Dad will wear his warm-ups and I'll be in mine
and we'll do our damndest to stay up past nine...
It's almost a shoe-in, he'll dictate email to me
to send to you guys, and "other" family...
(He acquainted himself with my sisters, who
think he's a stitch and a garden pro, too)
And he'll have to rib Lisa (as the gardening queen)
who he calls Martha Stewart (she's SO pristine)
Michelle, he calls "Raindrop" (she's the family glue)
who he emails to find out in Milwaukee, what's new!
Then he'll send you some anecdotes from his long ago,
(but Dan sends back queries..."who's this so-and-so!"
So that's PROBABLY how New Year's Eve will be going;
unless there's a blizzard, then we'll be snow blowing.
So a big cheery greeting to each of you,
To Jim & Ramona, and the little Ts too-
To Jon & Chris, to Dick (Chance) and Jim...
and ALMOST son-in-law Joe; we can't forget him!
To Michelle, Chris & Stacy and the great Krueger gang...
Raise a glass to us all, and send the year out with a BANG!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE,
Jackie/Mom, Grandma J
When I came into Michelle's life she was around 14, a shy little kid
behind a tomboy mask. In some ways, she was pretty tough. She
could and would
take on any of her older brothers (and she wasn't very often the one
yelling "give"). I was both drawn to and intimidated by her. Here
rebellious little tomboy who would NOT wear a pair of jeans unless
they had big holes in both knees, with her big brown eyes that
always looked scared or sad.
It wasn't easy getting to know her, because at such a tender age,
she seemed suspect of adults and their motives. Yet in the family
back then, she
was pretty much the LEADER. When I came on the scene, it was with my
only daughter, 12-year old Lisa, who suddenly shared life with seven
kids, and some of them were BOYS. She was definitely cowered by the
noisy not-so-very Brady bunch-- until one afternoon, Michelle
around her neck, pulled her close, gave her one of her head thunks
and instructed the family that this bony kid was their new
sister-and that was that.
When Michelle came to Florida it became gradually obvious the stuff
this girl was made of. Without whining, and at times pretty much
struggled, climbed and sharpened the depth of character she has
today. She is stronger than just about anyone I've ever known, and
softer than satin. She
managed the most important career of a woman, PARENTING, while
juggling and furthering her education and her job success. She has
society with two wholesome individuals of quality and good moral
values! Plus they're fun, too. Chris and Stacy. She remains the
matriarch to her
siblings. Some people are soft touches for strays, but Michelle will
take in strays of strays too. Since Joe took his place in her life,
Michelle's dad is on
a campaign to stifle her Mother Theresa practices. She WILL get fmn
if she feels used, giving rigid deadlines of say, three months, to
get their act together
and face their lives. A significantly special thing I admire about
Michelle - is her connection with my daughter Lisa, and through the
years, her kids, Adam and
Lauren. She interacts with them as part of her BIO family of
cousins, nieces, nephews, etc. She just CARES about them. Michelle
is a unique lady who
may not realize how much she means to so many. It's a GIVEN how
proud her father is of her and with good reason. I can't take any
credit for her
character, because I didn't raise her, but my feelings for her go
that much deeper because of who she is. I'm just grateful she's in
my life. She is only
half as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. And that's
a lot of beauty. So Michelle, here's a toast to you and Joe. I'm so
happy you found
each other, and seeing what you are, Joe hurried to claim you. I
wish you both all the best "stuff" that life can offer, but first, I
wish you LOVE, Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Grillo.
wedding toast on June 27, which I never would have gotten through
Courts, justice system send
wrong message to kids who kill
was astounded reading the Aug. 13 Journal Sentinel article about the
l5-year-old boy freed after only five years in custody for murdering
his father while the man watched
Because of his youth, his identity is protected. This
kid was 10 years old when he shot his father at close range. He was
old enough to use a shotgun, old enough to deliberately plan his act
and smart enough to report it to the police. What's increasingly
wrong with court rulings? And what's the message sent? If you don't
like your parents' treatment of you, shoot 'em! Society will let you
off the hook, because "he was probably a bad dad." The young
executioner becomes the victim of the person whose life he ended.
It's harder and harder to understand our judicial system.
Something's badly out of whack when a guy gets 12
years, justifiably so, for torturing cats, and kids kill people and
get counseling. At what age is "thou shall not kill" applicable?
It's time to take a firm look at our parenting or the lack of - to
teach kids consequences and accountability, even at age 10. A punk
can defecate on the American flag and sit on his "right" to freedom
Kids get away with murder. We should be very ashamed
and very scared.
article published in the Milwaukee Sentinel 8/19/1998)