Memorial Day weekend
Monday May 29th 2017, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,Life

Richard’s sister’s daughter’s wedding was wonderful: the bride and groom were as happy as one could ever hope for and they are clearly a great match.

Turns out a lifelong friend who was more like family to the groom’s father was a second cousin of my dad’s, and there was this instant sense of belonging.

Photos: my father-in-law surrounded by all his great-grands (with two mothers holding them) except Mathias, who is too young to travel. (Maddy, Kim, Parker and Hudson are to his left.)

My Mom and Dad.

Two of my sisters have in the last year moved within an hour of the folks and we had mini reunions going on on my side as time allowed.

Nash got his stocking hand-delivered and I got to see how much it meant to him and to his mom, my cousin. To say he loved it does not begin to tell it. He just kind of glowed the whole time.

Every teenager needs someone who is not their parent who thinks the world of them–someone who doesn’t have to but just does. I remembered the people I owed much to from my own teens as we were winding through the hills towards their house.

And in between, our daily dose of baby pictures came in and got shared around.

We arrived home in the early afternoon and as I was trying to catch up on five days’ worth of email, there was a new one: after we’d left for the airport, Mom had taken a walk and had fallen, broken a tooth, loosened another and split her lip. Ouch!

Two random men in the right place happened to see her and rushed to her aid, and whoever they are they have my deep gratitude. And to Mom’s neighbor who took her in to be seen.

The note from Dad said that the urgent care folks had said Mom was not to smile nor laugh for a few days.

My mother. Not laughing. Not smiling. Good luck with that.

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Great photo of all the children with Grandpa! So sorry about your Mom taking a tumble. I hope she heals quickly. Keep the baby pics coming too!

Comment by Jody 05.30.17 @ 2:21 am

What a wonderful, family-filled weekend! I love those. Hope your Mom keeps laughing and smiling!

Comment by Pegi 05.30.17 @ 2:48 am

Oh, it does look like a warm and lovely celebration! And I, too, wish speedy healing to your mom. No smiling? Not? possible. The plastic surgeon who stitched up Josh’s mouth didn’t quite understand 2-year-olds who feed themselves, when he instructed us to only feed him on the uninjured side.

Comment by DebbieR 05.30.17 @ 5:28 am

So much joy! So much love! Thank you for sharing it with us!

I am grateful for the men who helped your mother. I pray she heals quickly.

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 05.30.17 @ 6:35 am

Alison – I enjoy your blog so much! Knitting AND family stories AND photos AND info about interesting birds and fruits and such. Now for my question. I will probably be needing some chemo caps in the fall – would you consider Rios to be soft enough? any suggestions for hats for hot weather (August in Central CA is pretty darn hot!)

Thank you for your blog and your caring, and for any help you may have.

near Yosemite CA

Comment by Beverly 05.30.17 @ 7:11 pm

Imagine what the world would be like if every adult tried to be that person you describe for at least one teen who isn’t their own child.

Your mom looks like the kind who smiles and laughs not just with their mouth, but with their eyes. I bet she manages beautifully (though I’m sorry she has to).

Comment by twinsetellen 06.02.17 @ 6:45 pm

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