The most important thing to note about Edward is that he's a family man. That's even more important than his being a Hokie, which he is also. Edward has always been good about keeping us posted on his adventures. I always appreciated the way he emailed pictures and included me on his mailing list way before I knew how to save an emailed picture. Maybe he can send more and I'll share them with y'all. I'd been really looking forward to seeing him when I went to Virginia because, in November, we hung out at the hotel bar with some other family members, and it left me wanting to spend more time with him. In the end, though, the recent whirlwind weekend only afforded me the opportunity to watch him from afar, with Kim, his beautiful daughters, and the rest of the family. He's a favorite of everyone! Affable, handsome, easy going, funny and a great dad. Next time I go to Virginia, I'm going to wrangle an invitation to dinner at their house. Until then, I hope Edward knows that to know him is to love him and I do.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Happy Birthday to my Uncle Leo, my father's youngest brother. He's a very active 77 year old who gardens, teaches water aerobics at the Y, has published an inspiring book of prayers and spends time with his children and grandchildren. He and his family are good friends of Bill's. When my mother died, I had a long talk with Uncle Leo and have since been exchanging emails. I'm grateful for the renewed contact with him and his children and appreciate his insight and the stories he can share. Several of my friends have mentioned how much they like his posts to my blog. He's a cutie alright! Two of his grandchildren have started blogs so check them out via the link on my blog. Our dear Aunt Mignon passed on very suddenly three years ago so he and his children know what we're going through. He sent the picture of this handsome trio (of Dad, baby Leo and in the middle, Peyton, who has passed on) to me, today. I bet Dad has either never seen it or hasn't seen it in a long time, so I hope it makes him smile.
I usually write the first thing that comes to mind when I look at a picture so we're gonna have to go with what we've got here - the little twisty movement Edward is making. I visited Virginia when David was less than a year old and had a chance to observe Jake and Edward for the first time since Thanksgiving 1981. I found them to be unusually mannerly for Denton boys. What a relief to discover that the nasty strain of incorrigibility that plagued the males in my generation had been diluted in the next, particularly since I had a son myself and was concerned that I might be in for trouble. As a side note, that's Edward's stepmother, Mona, in the bikini (Mona, I've been looking for an excuse to put this on the blog) and Jake, in the sweatshirt. The naked baby will remain nameless! The picture was taken about 23 years ago. You can figure it out for yourselves.
Monday, July 28, 2008
David has a similar photo posted on Facebook. They were taken at the same time but in the one he has, Mom has her hands on his shoulders. For years, he has said that Mom is an angel. She and I talked on the phone, sometimes several times a week and, of course, I always talked about what was new in David's and Micah's lives. When we were all together, they talked about books, whatever was going on in school, how they all felt about this and that. I'm so grateful that she felt so close to my children and they to her. Mom was always so sweet to David, caring about him and proud of him. He and Micah both still have phone messages that Mom left on their cell phones months before she got sick. Those messages are treasures and a memorial to how she felt about them.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When I typed out that title, I didn't even mean to quote the old song. I just think of her as sweet Caroline. But, sweet doesn't tell the whole story! Look at that little arched eyebrow! She was a rascal even as a seven year old. Caroline is so witty, so fun, so bright - an explosion of personality and beauty. Lots of personality and beauty. Lots and lots! We had a wonderful time the Christmas this picture was taken, at Mom's and Dad's house. I remember Caroline writing in the little journal that was kept in the boathouse, recording the adventures of the day. David, Micah, Katie and Caroline slept in the boathouse, played in the hammock, did artwork, played Charades, fished and boated. I'd love to live closer to her so I could see her more often and hear about her life. She's got a great job at an ad agency - the one that does the Geico gecko commercials, I believe. That's one of my favorite commercials. Clever, debonaire little gecko. I miss Caroline! So, I text her at random hours (about a zillionth of the times she's on my mind) and, once in awhile, we IM or talk on the phone. Every time I see her in person, I gushingly, repeatedly, tell her how much I love her. She's probably starting to think I'm weird but I just can't help it! That's the way it is. And, I betcha she's having a fantastic birthday. So, know that I'm thinking of you, Sweet Caroline!
A couple of years ago, when I was in serious need of some relaxation and fun, Tricia and I spent several days with Mike and Katherine. One evening, Caroline came over and so did Chris and we had the best time. It had been a long time since I'd seen Caroline and being with her meant so much to me.