The next few days will be those of quiet reflection. Big Grandma Bird (my paternal grandmother) passed away yesterday.

I am so very, very pleased that the little birds were able to spend the past few years getting to know their great-grandmother. I am so very pleased that she was able to meet them and know them and enjoy them as much as I do.

My parents came to stay with us last night and Penguin was so excited that he could hardly stand it. Once he found out they were coming, he did a little dance and jumped around the room. I don’t know that I will explain the real reason for the visit just yet. I’m not sure quite what to say or when to say it. I think I will just let him – and the rest of us – enjoy the comfort and excitement of having cherished loved ones near.