Saturday, April 14, 2012

And Seven make Nine

Most days when I visit my Dad, we'll spend time "naming the family"; my term for the process whereby he calls out the names of his seven grandchildren and their significant others. Then, he'll move on to his great grandchildren, a considerably more challenging generation for him. But, run through the list we do and he enjoys knowing exactly who belongs to who. 

He and Mom have seven grandchildren; 6 girls and 1 boy all born over a 20 year span from 1968 to 1988.  We've got but a few photographs of all seven together with their grandparents. These two are treasures. The first was taken in Aruba when Mom and Dad rented a house for a month and we all flew down with our families to join them for various lengths of time. The second was taken at the Arapahoe house in Seattle when we gathered to celebrate Mom's Birthday. See what 19 years does to young kids? They all grow up, as do their elders.

"The days are long but the years are short."

Summer 1989

Summer 2008
Wonderful memories. Thank goodness for cameras and visual reminders of good times spent together.

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