What a wonderful weekend!
I spent time with my aunt and my beloved cousin working on a special project. How wonderful it was to have time with my cousin not sitting at the side of her hospital bed. She is the toughest, frailest woman I know and I love her dearly.
I spent time with him. We traveled to my niece’s home to attend her little girl’s first birthday party. Our littlest great-niece holds his heart in her little hand. He adores her and she adores him. We went early to get some special time with the family.
We were able to help my niece and her husband get things together for the party. I love the two of them so much. She was the first child in her generation and I was still at home when she came along. She was my first baby to love. Her husband is such a loving, dear man. He is precious and funny and I am always glad to see him.
The day also brought a moment or two to hug my brother and my wonderful sister-in-law. My nephew and his sweet wife were there with their charming little boys. It was great to see them!
Sunday morning brought a surprise to my door. One of our “like family” friends came to visit. We were expecting him and thought his wife was coming. Instead he brought his mother. She and my mother were best friends growing up. It was wonderful to spend time with the two of them. Our visits are usually as part of a large, loud crowd when we all gather.
We don’t all gather nearly often enough. Mother had us all together three or four times a year and smaller groups rounded up in between those times. Daddy was either on the ship or didn’t mind when he was home or didn’t say if he did mind.
I will not dwell on that. We have plans in the works to gather some more. I have a milestone birthday coming in the summer. Time for a big party! Meanwhile, some smaller gatherings……….perhaps not so far away from Mother’s way afterall.
A note about the photograph. It is a camping spot we used often and referred to as “the point”. It is a short walk from my home and is full of memories for the people who loved my mother and her gatherings. The park is only open for pedestrian day visitors now. But, there are many ghosts of memories………..