Monday, June 09, 2008

Family

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.~Thomas Moore
My mom is one of nine children, of which only three still survive. One uncle lives local but the other lives in Florida. Various health problems have kept the brothers and sister apart for years. This past week my uncle from Florida came to visit. For my mom it was an awesome week, tiring but definitely nourishing to her soul. All the old stories were told, fingers were still pointed at who did what to who and even after having heard them many times before you still learn new things.
Florida uncle stayed several days with mom, went fishing a couple of times with local uncle and then went to NJ to visit his daughter, her husband and his grandkids. Early yesterday morning they all came back for a BBQ. The kids all went swimming in the river between thunderstorms and the adults talked and moved food in and out of the house between the same thunderstorms. It was an exhilerating, exhausting, and HOT day. They left about 8 PM so the kids would all have time to take showers and get ready for school tomorrow. NJ cousins have school until the 20th whereas we get out this week so there was some ribbing going on there!
Saturday had been a pretty good day also. We went to get feed, put a/c units in for a friend and stopped at the farmers market. We picked up some really great goat cheese, a Jaune Flamme tomato plant and a Black Futsu squash plant. I hope they end up as good as they sounded.And Friday after having gone to Grace's for spinning (I knit) I came home, took out the wheel and spun! Definitely needed that. Then as we were going to get the pizza we saw a great wheel. The man told me to buy it but I maintained. I will however keep an eye on it as Idon't think she will get what she wants for it and will be more receptive to bargaining later! So yesterday was a great day, a perfect end to really good weekend. Nothing got accomplished but sometimes you need those down days especially when it is tapping 100 degrees.

2 comments:

SIS said...

Sis, they say a picture is worth a thousand words and your photos are wonderful, both of the flowers and the reunion. Thank you so much. It is so good to see mom with some spunk back and some weight on and looking so happy. I can't tell you how much it lifted my spirits. I can't hear a weight gain or a good hair day, but wow.........Thank you.

finnsheep said...

Gorgeous photos of your peonies!
I can almost smell them!