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October 24, 2014

Dearest Joey,

I wanted to stop by early today because I'll be busy later on. Today is Greg's 23rd birthday. I hope you can send him a sign that you are thinking about him.

Today is also Donielle and Mike's wedding. Lorin and Noah came to New York on Wednesday for the rehearsal dinner. Practice at church was last night (Thursday). They are getting married at St. Matthew's at 2:45 this afternoon. I asked my principal if I could leave early to go, and she said it would be ok. So I'm going. The reception is tonight at the Larkfield Manor at 7:30 pm. It's been renovated recently, and it's supposed to be really nice.

I know you will be there in spirit, and I'm sure you are as happy for her as our whole family is. I'm glad she was able to move on with her life, Joey. I also know that you would want her to. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle everything, but I will try to be happy for them. What else can I do?



Love you forever,
Mom

I'll let you know how everything went as soon as I can.
October 16, 2014
Dearest Joey,

Wanted to post this because people just don't understand.


Do not judge the bereaved mother.

She comes in many forms.

She is breathing, but she is dying.

She may look young, but inside she has become ancient.

She smiles, but her heart sobs.

She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works.

She IS but she IS NOT all at once.

She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity.


Love you forever,
Mom
October 06, 2014
Dearest Joey,

Last Friday, Jody and John, and Uncle Mike and I met Dad in the city and had dinner at a new restaurant named State. It's a new one for Patina but not part of Dad's responsibility. It is on the ground floor of the Empire State Building. We were invited to have dinner as practice for the wait and kitchen staff.

It is decorated in art deco from the furniture to the artwork to the uniforms. Very cool. The food was pretty good too. We had a 6 pm reservation, so we were out of there fairly early. I think we were home by 9 pm. But we had a really nice time, and I think everyone enjoyed it.

Dad has been very busy with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden lately. He worked Saturday because there were five parties booked. He's not used to doing banquets anymore, so it was hectic for him. He went in again on Sunday to work too. He hasn't worked on the weekends in I don't know how long! I hope he doesn't have to do that too often. It takes a toll on him.

Uncle Mike has been here just about every day looking for jobs and filling out applications online since he was let go from Five Towns. I feel so bad for him. I wish something would come through for him soon. It's very discouraging seeing him trying so hard, and nothing happens.

Mikey is still trying to get a job too. He has his application out in studios in New York, but nothing has come up for him yet. I wish something good happens for him too.

Jody, John, Robert, and Kristen participated in a walk for Johnny this past Sunday in Maryland. Kristen's sorority organized it. Jody said it went very well and about 150 people attended. She's thinking of doing one in New York next year. That would be good for all of Johnny's friends here. I think a lot more people would be able to go. It's just sad that they have to do it at all....just like with you, Joey...sigh.


Love you forever,
Mom
October 02, 2014
Dearest Joey,

It has been a looooong time since writing in here, which is no reflection on how much you are thought of. Boy has lots of stuff gone on!! I guess the main thing I felt just HAD to be shared with you in writing is that your best bud Narvas is gonna be a Dad!! I know you would be flipping out right now, which would be entirely appropriate haha. We are both SO SO excited. We found out two days ago that it's a little boy and now I just can't wait to meet him. I wish you were here to meet him as well; I know you would have been a huge part of his life. I can picture you two becoming best buds, just like you and his Dad, even working on cars together (power wheels for the little one).

Beyond that, life has been good overall. It certainly can be challenging at times, but I've come to realize that that is just part of life and it's important to recognize that and become stronger for it! I hope you can still see what's going on down here so that you know you are thought of and talked about and missed very often. That is one thing that hasn't changed, while it seems so much else has. I saw there was a big turnout this year for the walk your family does every year in your honor. Unfortunately we weren't able to make it - another freakin' wedding HA!! Your friend Greg has become too popular - we have another 3 between now and November 1st...YIKES. Well, I better get back to work now, but I just wanted to say hi and share some happy news with someone who always made everyone around him happy :) We miss and love you very much, Joey!

Love always,
Liza Narvas (HA - you'd still be laughing at that too) :)
October 02, 2014

Dearest Joey,

I totally forgot to mention that Derek Jeter retired this year! After 20 years as the New York Yankees shortstop, he's hanging up his hat. The Yankees didn't make it into the playoffs, so his last home game in New York was Thursday, September 25th against the Baltimore Orioles. Mike bought tickets and went to the game with his friend, Tulsi. Dad and I watched it on TV. Jeter actually won the game for the Yankees. He tied the score in the 7th inning, and then got a hit in the 9th, which got a guy on base in to score for the walk-off win for a 6 to 5 victory.

I'm so glad Mike got to see Jeter play his last home game. It was such a great game. Everyone was cheering for Jeter and chanting his name. Towards the end, the whole stadium started yelling, “Thank you, Captain.” I don't know how Jeter held himself together. It looked like he was going to cry a couple of times. After the game, he walked back to shortstop and crouched down and blessed himself and just looked all around the stadium. When the press interviewed him, he said that he wanted one last look at everything in the position that he has played for the last 20 years. I was crying, I'll tell you that.

The weekend of the Samaritan walk, the Yankees played at Fenway Park. You would have been so busy. I know Nick Lerias was going to try to get tickets that Saturday to see Jeter play. I'm not sure if he was successful. But Jeter only played as designated hitter in Boston. He said that he wanted to finish his career in front of the New York fans. So he did go to Boston, but he didn't play at shortstop.

Everybody loves him and he will be missed by the Yankees and their fans…. me included! It won't be the same without him.


Love you forever,
Mom

Ps. Liza and Greg are expecting a baby boy sometime in March!!! I can't believe they are going to be parents! They are so very excited for this new chapter in their lives to begin. I wish you were here, Joey...sigh.


Love you forever,
Mom
September 28, 2014
Dearest Joey,

This past weekend was the Samaritan Walk up in Boston. Dad, Mikey, Uncle Mike, and I left on Friday morning. I didn't have work on Thursday or Friday, so it worked out well this year. Greg didn't go with us this year. He gets sick traveling, so he stayed home to watch the animals. We took the 11 am ferry from Orient Point to New London. Jody and John went this year, as well. I totally appreciate them participating in this walk more than they will ever know. We got over to Connecticut around 12:30 and then had about 2 more hours to drive up to Lorin and Noah's.

I think we got to Lorin and Noah's around 3 pm. Lorin showed us her new piano, and Mikey immediately wanted to play. We stayed for a little while, and Lorin showed us her garden while Uncle Mike and Noah repaired the broken stoop in front of their house. The bricks had some big cracks along the side and where the stairs meet the wall. It's all better now.

We stayed at La Quinta hotel in Somerville. Our usual place, the Holiday Inn, wasn't available. I think it was parents' weekend at many of the colleges up in Boston, and there were several conventions in the area. We were lucky to get rooms at all. We got lost for a while because the roads are so confusing up there. The hotel was only about 9 minutes away from Lorin, but it took us much longer than that to find our way to it!

We all went out to dinner Friday night at a restaurant called Bel Ari in the leather district of Boston. The food was very delicious, and everyone enjoyed it. Afterwards, Lorin brought us to Fanueil Hall, and we walked around there for a while. We also went to the North End of Boston to Little Italy and saw some of the oldest buildings in Boston. I think we'll eat somewhere there next year when we go up for the walk.

The weather was perfect for the Samaritan walk on Saturday. We had a few new people join our group this year. Nick Lerias and Nikki brought Nikki's brother, Mike, with them this time. Nick and Mike actually ran in the 5k this time. They are both in great shape. Lorin's friend, Jeannie, walked with us for the first time and said she would do it again next year. John Pancare, Liza, and Greg didn't walk this year. I think John wasn't feeling well, and Liza and Greg had a wedding to attend. Donielle and Mike brought Mike's daughter, Sammy, too. I'll post a picture here for posterity. This was Uncle Mike's first time going, and he was very impressed with Boston and the Samaritan Walk. He said he would be going with us again too. We'll see.

We all went back to Lorin's, and she ordered Regina's pizza for everyone. It was so good. I wish we had pizza like that here in Dix Hills. We decided to take the ferry home, so we left Lorin and Noah around 1 pm. We hit so much traffic on the way back, that we missed our ferry at 3 and had to take the 4 pm ferry instead. When we got back to Greenport, Mikey went with Jody and John back home, while Dad, Uncle Mike, and I drove to Mattituck. We were staying out east, and Jody and John were not; so it made sense for Mikey to hitch a ride with them.

I can't believe this is was our 5th walk and Lorin's 6th. I can't believe you are gone this long already Joey….sigh. I cried at one point, but pulled myself together when Jody hugged me. It was so sad to see how many people were at the walk this year. It gets bigger and bigger every year, unfortunately.

Today (Sunday) Dad, Uncle Mike, and I went to a car show at the Hallockville Museum right near the house in Mattituck. It was ok, not so big. Dad was disappointed that there were not so many pick up trucks to see. Uncle Mike took lots of pictures.

The weather has been unusually hot for the past few days….like 90 degrees! I guess it's better than rain and cold. It was a hectic, exhausting weekend, but it was ok. Back to work tomorrow.


Love you forever,
Mom
September 16, 2014
Dearest Joey,

So much has happened, I don't know where to begin. Well, after Dad and I got home from Florida and seeing Grandpa, we went to a giant yard sale out in Mattituck on Saturday. I only stayed for a couple of hours because I had to go to a bridal shower for Christa, one of the paras who I work with in the district. She used to work at Signal Hill, but she was moved this year to Otsego. I miss her a lot. Jody and Maryann went too, as well as a couple of other girls we work with. The wedding is on October 31st, Joey's 33rd birthday. I hope we have a good time.

This past weekend, we had tickets with MaryJane and Jack to see the Eagles at Madison Square Garden. We took the train and met them at Penn Station. We ate dinner at Nick and Stef's, which is one of the restaurants that Dad's company owns. It's located right next to the Garden. Dinner was so delicious! And then we walked upstairs to the show. What a show the Eagles put on! It was fantastic! They played from 8:15 till 11:30. I don't know how they do it at their age. But they all sounded so excellent. We had a great time. We missed the train that I thought we would be on to go home, so we caught the next one at 12:14 am. By the time we dropped MaryJane and Jack back to their car and got home, it was already 2 am. We were supposed to drive out to Mattituck, but Dad and I were just too tired.

We went out to Mattituck on Sunday morning because there was a craft fair out at the Hallockville Museum near the house, so Uncle Mike came over, and we drove together. It was a beautiful day for any outdoor activity, so there were a lot of people at the fair. We stayed for a few hours, bought a couple of little things, and then headed over to the house. Dad and I did some gardening and cleanup in the yard, and then we headed back home.

School is in full swing, and everyone is working to their limit. There isn't a single minute in the day to slow down at all. Today we had a power outage in the school until 10:30 am. A car hit a pole and knocked it down, so the power was cut off in the whole neighborhood. Never a dull moment!



Love you forever,
Mom
September 10, 2014
Dearest Joey,

The two pre-days of school were very busy for everyone. The school doesn't seem ready to open for the kids yet. On Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, Jody came running into the library to tell me to call Dad at home. I got upset because I didn't understand why Dad didn't call me himself. But when I finally reached him, he said my phone in the library didn't work, and my cell phone had no service, so he called Jody. Thank goodness she works in the same place, right? Anyway, Dad called me to tell me that Grandpa wasn't doing well and that he was flying down to Florida that evening to see him. He had gotten a phone call from Aunt Nancy telling him how ill Grandpa was and that he should come to Florida as soon as he could.

We both decided to go, and I booked an airline ticket immediately. I went in to see the principal and told her what was happening, and she told me to leave and do what I have to do. She is the most understanding, sympathetic person. Anyway, Uncle Mike drove us to the airport. Our flight was delayed, and we arrived in Orlando and then drove up to Port Orange. We probably got to Grandma's around 11 pm. We didn't get to see Grandpa until the next morning. Oh, Joey. He is so frail now. It's sad to see him that way, but I'm glad I got the chance to visit him while he can still recognize me and is still talking to everybody. He does sleep a lot now and is on oxygen 100% of the time.

Needless to say, I missed the first two days of school with the kids there, so tomorrow (Monday) should be very hectic for me. I still have to make library cards for all of the kindergartners. I'm not sure if the students will check out books tomorrow or not; they usually do the second week of school. Fun stuff…as Jody would say.

I'll let you know how things go.


Love you forever,
Mom
September 09, 2014

Dearest Joey,

Mike is healing well from his wisdom tooth removals a couple of weeks ago. He went to the doctor the other day for a checkup and is healing well, so he doesn't have to go back. I'm so glad he had a good recovery with a minimum of medication.

On Labor Day Monday, Dad and I went to Billy and Cathryn's for a barbecue. It was so hot and humid…. yuck! You know how much I hate that kind of weather. Dad went in their pool to cool off; I did not. They had a few other friends there as well, and we all had a good time.

Tuesday, September 2nd, I went back to work. The kids don't come back until Thursday, so I had a couple of days to work in peace! We got some new teachers and paras at Signal Hill this year. Since Chestnut Hill and Forest Park were closed, we are going to be getting a lot of new children attending our school. I think the enrollment is around 730 now. That's a huge number! It should be an interesting year.

The PTA provided a nice luncheon for the entire staff. There were all different kinds of wraps and salads and even a candy table. Everything was really good.

Dad was on vacation last week. He and Uncle Mike are probably going out to Mattituck tomorrow to power wash and seal the gazebo. I guess if it's still this hot tomorrow, they might change their minds. The heat has been brutal for the past week.

That's about all for now.


Love you forever,
Mom
August 28, 2014
Dearest Joey,

Well, Mike had to have all of his wisdom teeth removed. The doctor was able to do the surgery on Tuesday, so I brought him back to the office in the afternoon. It only took about a half hour for him to remove them all. Mike was groggy and a little swollen, but the nurse gave him ice packs for the ride home to help with that.

He went right to bed when we got home and wasn't able to eat until the next day and then only soup. The doctor gave him pain killers, but he hasn't taken that many of them. He's feeling a little better today and has no more swelling and still some pain on the side where the impacted tooth was removed.

Uncle Mike and I drove out to Mattituck this morning (Thursday) with his truck and trailer. He wanted to take the wood that was split and stacked in our woods out there for use in his wood-burning stove. He fit almost half of it, so he'll probably go back out tomorrow or next week for some more. I think I forgot to mention that he is no longer working at Five Towns College. They did a huge restructuring there and had to let at least 30 people go so far. Since Uncle Mike was one of the last people hired, he was one of the first to go. There will be something better for him out there; I just know it. A little help from above would be greatly appreciated!


Love you forever,
Mom

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