We are family
Wednesday November 08th 2017, 11:46 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,History,Life

Two moments from the weekend:

At the 65th anniversary party. Was it the cane? My hearing impairment? Or her own age? She would later tell me her childhood memories of LA going black at night after Pearl Harbor–no street lights, no headlights, no house lights near windows, just a total darkness that was new and strange.

She had to ask me twice, even though I actually did hear it the first time–it’s just that it was so unexpected that I had no idea how to respond and I didn’t want to be rude by bursting out laughing.

Again: “Are you Frances’s younger sister?”

(Frances IS the younger sister.) “No, I’m her fourth child.” Alright, then! And the conversation moved cheerfully on, no harm done.

Thing the second. When we stopped by my uncle’s house, we surprised him by coming, even if for just ten minutes or so pre-airport–he didn’t know we were in town–and he surprised us with two bound copies of some essays he’d had printed. He needed a little help figuring out again just what the connection was to his late friends but he knew there was one.

He had been the mission secretary to our daughter-in-law’s great-grandfather. This guy, in the man’s youth. And then he was in the Army with Conway, the man’s son.

There were memories in those pages and he’d wanted his late friend Conway’s kids to have a copy and there we were. Probably the best Christmas present we could possibly pass along to them–not that we’ll wait that long. Uncle Wally is 94 and he’ll want to hear back.

Just let me finish fighting off this bug. It’s down to simple cold status today.

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I am so glad it’s down to a simple cold!

May you be a good patient still so you can get back to all you love doing.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 11.09.17 @ 6:31 am

So glad you are making progress! Generational wisdom and insights are always a delight to pass along!

Comment by chris 11.09.17 @ 7:07 am

I’m glad it’s not so bad today, but don’t push yourself too hard. Take it easy and you’ll be good as new sooner.

Comment by ccr in MA 11.09.17 @ 7:07 am

Yes! So glad you are feeling better. And so happy that you could share with your Uncle Wally, and now you have the delicious anticipation of sharing more with the kids!

Comment by DebbieR 11.09.17 @ 7:08 am

The best thing about getting together is expanding those connections beyond the day.

I hope you continue to improve rapidly!

Comment by twinsetellen 11.09.17 @ 2:00 pm

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