Thursday, July 30, 2020

It Was Just the Best Day by Liz Flaherty #RomanceGems

I switched days this month. Usually I post on the 31st. (What that means is that I, being the lazy Gem, only have to blog five times a year.) But I was so happy to write today because July 30, 1990, was one of the Best Days. It was exciting and so much fun and one of the most emotional experiences of my entire life--which is quite a while by now.

Aren't we lucky to have Best Days? I've accumulated a lot of them, but this day 30 years ago was the day Tahne, my beautiful and brave daughter-in-law, called me upon leaving her doctor's appointment and said they told her to come home, but she wasn't sure about driving. Because, you know, pains. I told her I'd be right there.

Mari Flaherty Gridley
Looking back, I'm sorry our son couldn't be there--he was in the army most of the way across the country--but mostly I'm glad I could. Mari Elizabeth Flaherty, our first grandchild, was born that evening. My daughter and I stood in for Mari's dad (admirably, we thought) and I still remember the excitement, the overwhelming rush of love, and how proud I was of Mari's mom.

It was, oh, yes, the best day ever. My husband was on a business trip, but when he got home in the middle of that night, we still went to the hospital.

Tahne and Mari stayed with us until after training, when they could be together as a family again, and it was a precious time. My eyes are leaking a little even now as I remember it.

Some of the other Gems and I have had some Best Days lately, too, writing and promoting Last Chance Beach: Summer's End. We've learned things, made mistakes, sent Joan Reeves and the rest of the production team over the edge more than once, and produced 14 stories we are proud of, excited about, and--at the risk of sounding truly sappy--in love with. If you haven't ordered yours yet, go ahead and do it now--I'll wait. It's truly a wonderful way to spend 99 cents!


Speaking of Best Days, share one of yours with us in comments below. We'll celebrate with you and I'll send out a goody bag to a commenter on the post, chosen at random. No picture of it because I don't have it assembled yet, but I'll try to make it fun and I'm sure some of it will taste like chocolate!

Don't forget to enter for the monthly giveaway, too, and take a look at the Last Chance Beach page here on the blog site.



I hope this is a Best Day for you. Happy birthday, Mari. Papaw and I love you thiiiiiiissss much!






26 comments:

  1. tears, dear girl, sprouted immediately on reading this! It definitely qualifies as a best day ever!

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  2. Congratulations! A Grand child is truly a gift. No wonder you love remembering the day. One of my best days was when my son came to our house and told us he was planning on proposing and wondered if I had a ring he might pass along. I took off my grandmother's diamond ring, warning it was old-fashioned and she might not care for it. Well, turns out she loved it!! She wears the diamond and her wedding band on her hand everyday. I couldn't be happier.

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    1. Oh, what a precious thing! Have you used this in a story yet?

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  3. Oh, I'm a little leaky here, too... what a precious memory and what a lovely woman she has become. Nice work, Nana!

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    1. Why, thank you, I'll be glad to take the credit. :-)

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  4. Days like that the absolute best! I was with my daughter for all three of her children's births... what a feeling. Thanks for sharing your best day, Liz!

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    1. Thanks, Maddie. I am enjoying remembering it.

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  5. I have one granddaughter and 9 grandsons. Needless-to-say, my granddaughter is special!

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    1. Understood! I have two granddaughters and five grandsons. What a gift they all are!

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  6. Thanks for sharing a lovely memory. No kids on my end, so can't share baby stories. My best day ever was sitting in my office, and getting a call that I was being offered a two book contract by Kensington. It was one of those pinch yourself days. Is this real?

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    1. Oh, what fun that was, and what fun to remember!

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  7. Oh...sniff, sniff, THIS is awesome, Liz! ❤️

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  8. I have 2 grandchildren and yes, they are so precious!! Best days ever!

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  9. Children, grandchildren! It's true that if I'd known how much fun the grands would be, I'd have had them first. LOL All the fun, all the time. And I agree with Marcia, getting "the call" is pretty amazing, too!

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    1. It's just a good time to stay reminded about our Best Days, isn't it?

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  10. Lovely! No grandbabies yet, but my best day is the day that, after 15 years of painful or disappointing first dates (I stopped counting after 80) post-divorce, I met the love of my life. If you're single and reading this, never stop believing.

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    1. Oh, I am so glad you said this! My husband and I have said a few times (joking, I think) that we could never get a divorce because neither of us could face the idea of dating again. I'm so happy you found forever date!

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    2. Ahem. Make that YOUR forever date...when I learn to type, I'm going to become a writer!

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  11. That is so wonderful and precious and a blessing. I cried! Needed to hear this kind of story today!

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  12. That is most definitely a best day.

    Best days are precious.

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  13. What a beautiful post, Liz! A best day for me? So many it's hard to single out one, but the best days always involve my wonderful husband and my kids.

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