Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ok, let's try this again...

Brady & and me

I have been away from here for far too long and now I don't know how to start or where.
So first I will tell you a little Christmas story:

When I think back to my childhood and realize just how close my parents families were, and weekends were spent visiting relatives, I wonder what happened. Some of my best memories as a child are from those weekends and it is sad that my children never had an opportunity to know their cousins as I did mine. For my part it was because I worked 7 days a week usually for more than 70 hours. But my brother and sisters families never adopted the weekend visiting tradition of our parents either.  We do try to get together on the last sunday of the month, but since my Dad died we haven't done a very good job of it. What with illnesses and vacations and work schedules or other "more pressing" issues, it seems we just can't all make it. Now it is hard just to get all of mine, my brother and sisters' families together for Christmas. Yes, much can be blamed on the economy or the social changes brought about by the electronic age, or whatever. But I wonder how my parents could find the time for all of these visits and I can't? Even though I no longer work. Still I think it comes down to choice and habit.

At our annual Family Christmas Eve Celebration this year, I sat back and marveled at how well all of the grandchildren got along with one another. And how our children mingled and reforged family ties. I even spent a few minutes on the floor with a greatnephew throwing a ball back and forth. Not such a big deal, maybe...but it was the first time that he showed any interest in me and I wasn't about to let the opportunity pass. Three year old Brady was playing with a ball as I was walking by, he bounced it high and I made a quick save as it headed over the stairwell rail. I rolled it back to him and he quickly rolled it back to open invitation to play...I couldn't resist even though I knew I was going to have a heck of a time getting off the floor. As I was getting myself down to his level, my son asked if it was such a good idea, as he didn't think he would be able to get me up (his back was bothering him, (another family tradition). I told him that I would crawl to the stairs if neccessary. Brady and I had a blast rolling the ball back and forth. His outbursts of giggling prompted me into making faces and other foolish things. Soon other children came to join the game and I left after a while. (I even managed to get myself up unassisted.) The glow in that childs eyes and his laughter made it all worth while.

Opportunity and Choice...what wonderful things.
  And now for the obligatory family photos....
Our family, minus our youngest daughter, who moved to Florida last summer. 

My brother's family.


The eldest of my sister's family with our step-mother.
My youngest sister and her husband.

Our 2 oldest grandchildren.

And our youngest.


Reddunappy said...

Glad to see you back!!! Sounds like you had a great Christmas!!
I too remember all the holidays at grandmas house and all of us cousins!! there were at least 7 of us most of the time, unless family was there from out of town! Fun memories! Us cousins are still pretty close, although we dont always see each other as much as we should. My Dad is one of 7 brothers and 3 sisters! all of them still alive but the two oldest!

warren said...

Welcome back buddy!

GreyWolf said...

Thanks, I hope I can stick with it this time, as I do miss it.