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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Orange Croc Guy

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It was pointed out to me last week that my blog posts have not been funny lately and I had to admit to being too sleepy for funny adventures. I said that maybe summer vacation would bring back the funny, but now I have to admit that I'm not so sure that's going to happen. At least not any time soon.

There's been a big change in my life. I've known for quite some time that it was coming and as of this morning it's official.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Orange Croc Guy has left the building.

Actually, he's left Florida all together.

After his mother passed away last summer, he started going to New Jersey once every couple of months or so to take care of things that needed to be done. Being around family again started making him feel homesick so when his cousin offered up a business opportunity he couldn't turn it down. For right now, he's gone for at least three months, but who knows what will happen after that.

He's rented his place out to a friend for the summer and asked me to join him in NJ once I finish school, but I had to say no because it's New Jersey. What the heck am I supposed to do in New Jersey? And what if he decides to stay? I'm not entirely sure they even let people with southern accents into New Jersey.

This morning before he left we had one of our usual conversations where in true Ginger fashion I refused to say what I really felt...

OCG: Are you going to miss me?

ME: No.

OCG: You'll miss me.

ME: No I won't.

OCG: What are you going to do while I'm gone.

ME: I'm going to eat ice cream for breakfast everyday, order fajitas for dinner every night just so I can see the cute fajita delivery guy and I'm going to google stalk Russell Brand.

OCG: Sounds like fun, but you'll still miss me.

ME: No I won't.

OCG: You'll miss me and when you do I want you to call me.

ME: I won't be calling cause I won't miss you.

OCG: You'll miss me.

ME: No I won't.

OCG: I'm not going to call you if you don't call me, so you better miss me and you better call me when you do.

ME: I guess we won't be talking cause I won't miss you.

I won't bore you with the rest of the conversation cause it just went back and forth with him saying, "Yes you will." and me saying, "No, I won't." over and over again.

I have always told Orange Croc Guy that he is not allowed to read this blog. He has always claimed that he doesn't want to read this blog. However, I know that he has and I am betting ~hoping~ that he will again. So, once again, in true Ginger fashion, here I am saying way too much, way too late and to all the wrong people because maybe, just maybe, he'll read this and maybe he'll call...maybe...


You asked what I would miss the most about you and I let you know that I would be far too busy to miss you, but what I should have told you is that I will miss your hands. Or, more specifically, your right hand.

The one that reaches for mine with silent confidence and holds on with a gentle strength that lets me know I am safe.

The one with fingers that fit perfectly into the spaces between my own.

The one whose warmth I feel as it rests on my lap or across my shoulder.

The one you place on the small of my back as I enter a room beside you.

The one you cover your face with as you shake your head and laugh at my ridiculousness.

The one I reach for when I am frightened.

The one you don't use when we arm wrestle because you know I'm left handed.

The one that you wave impatiently as you try to explain something to me for the second or, sometimes, the third time.

The one you rub against your chin when you're thinking.

The one with the scar that's been there since you were a child.

The one that holds the TV remote just out of my reach.

The one that has reached out to dry more than one of my tears.

Your right hand. I miss your right hand the most.


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on Jun. 03, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. This post made me laugh, then cry! I hope you find your happy place and BTW they DO let peeps with southern accents into NJ! I am from Fla & live in NJ now! LOL!
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  3. Hope your "right hand man" reads this....if not please send him a link to the post!!!!
    Keep smiling :0)

  4. OMG.....OCG...if you read this PLEASE phone...are family and friends more important than the woman you love????!!! Ginger....I know sometimes it is hard to communicate one's feelings...but life is too short to let him slip away if you love him! Just sayin........

  5. Life sure does take some difficult twists and turns. I remember many a time before I met my husband when I split with someone and thought I would never be happy again. My heart goes out to you!!! Sending you cyber hugs.

  6. Oh, Ginger! Your writing brought tears to my eyes. As I read your conversation, it reminded me of how I was before I "let go" and let myself love my late husband. (Long story.) As I read your "right hand" words, my heart bled. I believe OCG has your heart in his right hand, as well. Don't let the last word be that he left w/your heart ... follow it. Hugs, Gabby

  7. Awh, Ginger, I too had tears in my eyes. We know that you will miss OCG and he will miss you. Please call him and tell him that you do indeed miss him.
    NJ also has some shore line so you won't feel oceanless!! Besides in NJ you would have the chance to buy a whole new winder wardrobe. Boots are really fun to wear!
    Thinking of you and hoping that you will make the decision that is right for you. Let us know what you decide. We will be waiting. Hugs

  8. As my Godmother told me "what do you have to loose" Go for the summer. Live life that is what its for. It doesn't work out then you know and have no doubts. If your miserable jump on a plane or in your car and drive home. And if it is wonderful then you know you did the right thing. Life is to short to say "wish I had". She gave me this advice when I was in college and my boyfriend moved back home out of state. Of course I thought he was the one. She said go for it and if you fall we will be here to pick you up. And you know what they were. They sent me gas money to get back to the town I had been living in. And I found out he was NOT the guy by moving there for 6 months and have NO doubts or "what if".
    And I also agree HE NEEDS TO KNOW THIS. I'm telling you life is too short. And if I remember you already know this (I don't know the whole story but I think that I read that about your past).
    Take care and keep us posted.
    Praying for you,
    Kathy D.

  9. I laughed, I cried...
    Ginger, I'm pretty sure that they need awesome kindergarten teachers like you in New Jersey...just sayin'.
    OCG needs to read this...better yet, he needs to hear it...

  10. Thanks for the great word art. So sorry to hear of your situation, like the others I say follow your heart, only you know what you want, life is too short to have regrets. Thinking of you.

  11. Thanks for the great word art. So sorry to hear of your situation, like the others I say follow your heart, only you know what you want, life is too short to have regrets. Thinking of you.

  12. Awwwwwww.....

    My heart aches for you, I understand how you feel. I have a man like that, too.

    I will pray that he reads your words & his heart aches for you as your aches for him.

    D :)

  13. please update us when you can!! I wish the best for you.

  14. You are amazing! Follow your heart!



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