Thursday, June 3, 2010
Family Party: Sunshine, Cake, and Little Kids
The party to welcome Carriag was filled with happiness. There was a lot of great food, many friends and relatives, and lots of little kids (Henry, above, rockin' the kiddie pool). Our Eddy matriarch, Mary Lou, was there overseeing all that started with her family of seven boys. It's now grown to a huge generational gathering of five of her seven sons (sadly, she lost two), their children, and their children's children. I once said to her, "See what you started?!" and she responded, with a smile, saying something about what she had "wrought." She's a smart woman (her high school class's Valedictorian), in her 80s, and has had more than her share of sad times, but you never see that. You see a woman who looks out over her small dynasty with a knowing and satisfied smile, aware enough of what her children and grandchildren are up to, and wondering how in the world to keep track of so many great-grandchildren (numbers 16 and 17 due soon -- including Henry's little brother in October). Eventhough her son and I were divorced years ago, she is precious to me, and I am grateful she has continued to keep room for me in her life.
One year ago today: It's Raining Cakes!