|Dad and me in 2010.|
I don't have too many family members left, and they are very different from me in terms of political orientation, world view, and . . . well, just about everything. And they live an hour or more away (depending on traffic).
But, when we keep our visits focused on the things we have in common -- shared background, memories, and love for each other -- we have a wonderful time.
We went out to a Thai restaurant near my aunt's gated retirement community, and ended up back at her place for tea and cake, and several hours of reminiscing and loving to be in each other's company. Lots of old stories emerged (my favorite part of these visits). One of the sweetest: her memory of my dad and uncle, in overcoats and fedoras, riding through the winter chill on a shared bicycle to spend the evening with their sweethearts in the parlour of the guys' future inlaws. Below-zero temperatures and coattails flying, according to my aunt. This was bargain dating as only kids who had survived the Depression could do it.
So . . . facing another ho-hum weekend? Find out what your family is up to :)