We've often observed there is no such thing as normal. Traditions adapt to circumstance.
never imagined that my oldest sister and youngest brother would compare
their bald heads one day. Dawn has a few wisps more. Clark says, who
needs hair, anyway? Dawn is 80 Clark 58.
son, Tom, is two years older than Clark. Tom, Clark and my brother,
Mark, grew up like brothers, rather than uncles and nephew. (Mark died
at age 50 in 2005.)
daughter, Debbie put together a great dinner for 12 with people we
seldom see. Debbie's husband Bob Blake on the right, with his son Jeff
and the latest granddaughter, Abbie.
Jeff claimed he'd never had his picture taken with both of his grandmothers, Dawn and Rita Blake.
daughter-in-law Margaret with the youngest great-grandchild. At
Thanksgiving, Dawn got to see her other five great-grandchildren. There
are grand rewards for getting older. That must be why we call them grand
Blake's sister, Pam and her two daughters and her daughter's boyfriend
came up from Manhattan Beach. I think we saw them at the last family
The older we get, the more we look like each other,so someone observed.
Tom and Bill share a laugh. The picture is lousy but I love it when people laugh with gusto.
daughter-in-law, Maryanna used to be an Olympic swimmer for West
Germany. At age 70, she could pass for someone in her 50's.
dinner, we played bingo. Debbie and Dawn play bingo at the Terraces
Assisted Living Center on Thursdays. So, she decided to stage a bingo
game with wonderful prizes at home. Great Grandson CJ helped me call the
game. In all the hustle, I didn't get a picture of Debbie, who is
Dawn's youngest daughter. Debbie is a School Psychologist and a
whirlwind of energy.
next morning, Tom, Maryanna, Brother, Bill and I all met for a late
breakfast at the Terraces before the long drive home. Tom and Maryanna
live in Sunol, California. It was touch and go for a time, but Dawn is
getting stronger and stronger after her brain radiation. Traditions
change to meet the circumstances and the circumstances be getting better