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Almost Like a Family

Published October 14, 2023

My daughter, Leslie, is here visiting from Virginia. She flew into Phoenix yesterday and rented a car. I had forgotten how nervous a mother feels when she has a child, no matter how old, on the road, especially after dark. I was a nervous wreck until she pulled up outside.

Once inside, after hugs, she opened her suitcase and handed round gifts for each one of us. These were small treats, but thoughtful.

Soon, her brother, Thomas, and she headed out to find something to eat. They returned and sat on the floor. (Ah, youth.) Before the evening ended, we were all laughing and playing a "name that tune" game with Amazon's personal digital assistant, Alexa. Leslie won the rounds with current music, I rocked the 80's round, Thomas rolled through the 60's, and Grandma joined in when we played a classic country round. Thomas said somewhere during the evening, "This is almost like a family."

(October 13th is Chuck's and my anniversary - our 34th this year. We commented on how much Chuck would have loved sitting with us and naming tunes. He would have won all the rounds. And then we figured that he was there with us, laughing and enjoying the time.)

I suppose that we are/were as functional/dysfunctional as most families. I do not recall another time of joining in an evening of games and such comfort. I think age, mine as well as theirs, brought this about.

This morning, Leslie mentioned that a solar eclipse was due to occur within the hour. She and Thomas worked together to make a pinhole viewing box. We took it outside and used it to view the eclipse. Leslie helped Grandma look, and my sister Patricia who had just come to visit checked it out also. Thomas noticed that the shadow on the ground created by the trees was actually showing the eclipse multiplied by the leaves.


Leslie will be here for a little over a week. I'm not sure what else we will find to do, but I look forward to what we will do, almost like a family.





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Oct 17, 2023

I've heard that time spent sitting around, reminiscing with family, causes high levels of endorphins to be released. It always feels good to be together and makes you feel sad when you must part ways again. How lucky to have moments like that to add to your memories.

~Keirsten

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Oct 16, 2023
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I love how simplicit moments make the best memories.

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Oct 15, 2023

Thomas's comment made me choke up a bit. What a sweet moment. One of those bits that becomes a piece of your own memory collage.

-Alice

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I love this! We are in Henderson this weekend for my niece’s wedding. It’s been nice to have the family together again, if only for a short time.

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caroljoywilhelm
Oct 15, 2023
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Thank you for your story.


Aren't we all "almost like a family" in varying degrees and times? The "Celstial Family" model continues to approach and receded throughout my life. My happiness comes from continuing the reach toward that goal. Ebbing and flowing. Coming and going. Laughing. Weeping. But always continuing...

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