May 9th, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

It's Mother's Day in the USA, and unfortunately, I'm very far away from my children and grandchildren. The past week I was in Las Vegas to attend IBM's Impact Conference, and now I'm on my way to Poughkeepsie, NY, where I will spend the week working on a team with some very talented IBMers to help design a high-availability solution for one of our customers.

But my very busy work schedule has meant that I'm away from home for a total of three weeks—yes, I'm not going home after the gig in Poughkeepsie and instead will be staying around the NYC area to lead an Integration Workshop at Palisades. So, in lieu of hugs and kisses with my kids, I'll have to make do with electronic contact.

Before my flight took off from Las Vegas to LaGuardia (by way of DFW), I had received four text messages wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. The first one was from Peggi, our former nanny that we've remained friends with over the years. Next, my #1 son send a quick text message and noted that he'd sent a photo of his son—our first grandchild—to Steven's phone. (Mine can't receive photos, but Steven can forward the photos to my e-mail address.) The third text message was from my niece who is now living in Florida with her parents while her husband is attending school and then on sea duty with the Navy. Last, but not least was the text message from #2 son.

I thrive on text messages. I have well over a year's worth stored on my cell phone and I just downloaded some software which I hope will allow me to transfer them to my laptop. That would certainly make it a lot easier to convert some of the text messages and tweets to blog posts, right?

I have roughly an hour on the ground at DFW between flights, so I'll reach out to all three kids to have a short, but heartfelt chat with each of them on this, my special day. And, I want to make sure that the two daughters-in-law know that I'm particularly happy to have them in the family and that I thank them very much for giving me grandchildren. Life is good.