DAUGHTER’S WEDDING – 2013
This was the first time I had worn a dress since our son’s wedding in 2002! And since all my kids are married, it will be the last time!
My Aunt Mary, seated below, was my mother’s twin sister, and she was my godmother. My mother died in 2009, and sadly, my Aunt Mary died in January, 2016, just a few days before her 90th birthday. Mom and Mary are together again!
When my daughter was planning the wedding, I asked her what she wanted me to wear, and I told her that I just hoped I was not required to wear a goofy hat, as I really do hate dressing up! So, what does she do but pull out this goofy hat and put it on my head for this picture!
In 2013 my cousin brought her mom, my Aunt Mary, to Florida to visit me. I was staying at out Florida house in Ormond Beach. My husband stayed home because he didn’t want to miss hunting season. We had a great time! Aunt Mary was not wheel-chair bound, but since we had to cross a road to get to this dock it was easier to give her a ride.
We were all doing some sight-seeing and in one of the gift shops I turned around and Aunt Mary had this pirate’s hat on her head.
I did a little photo editing on it just for fun!
I typed out these poems that the grandson pictured above wrote as an English assignment when he was in school.
RAINY TODAY – 2006 (age 14)
Something deep inside of me
Has sort of seemed to die.
I don’t know how it happened
But I think I do know why.
How can your skies be sunny
When you’re standing in the rain?
There’s a new change in the weather
And it’s driving me insane.
Tomorrow’s gonna be cloudy
Along with all the days to come.
It’s gonna be a long time
Until we see the sun.
It’s hard to keep on going
In all of this thick pain,
‘Cause every coming daybreak
Is filled with lots of rain.
If you’re shooting for happiness,
You’d better have good aim,
Because you’ll never find it…..
Not in all this rain.
His second poem:
SUNNY TOMORROW – 2006
I sat down to write a poem
That would make you really sad.
But something deep inside of me
Produced a happy one instead.
I thought it’d make me happy
By sharing all my pain.
But you cannot have those sunny skies
By sending in the rain.
Try to make things better
By giving darkness light.
You cannot fix what’s wrong
If you cannot make it right.
You cannot change you past
Even if you think you could.
But you can plan your future
By doing what is good.
Good thoughts make your future bright
While bad thoughts only stain.
So keep your skies all sunny
And dry up all the rain.
Our grandson and his girlfriend always came over to give us a hand. They helped with a major mulching project, with hay making, and so many other things. It was a sad day in July 2012 when they left to their new home in Utah. Not sad because we lost their help, of course, but sad because they are such a lovely couple and we enjoyed their company so much! Why can’t grandkids stay in their home-towns??
LAKE SHAFER, INDIANA
My Aunt Mary owns a beautiful home on Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana. We go there in the summer with our son and his family and our daughter and her husband. The pic below is my Aunt Mary, on her dock, waving to us as we were going for a ride on the house boat and she didn’t want to come.
Hawaii.. have been there twice and don’t care to go back again. On the second trip I went with a Canadian friend and we stayed with two other Canadian friends who were living in Hawaii as “traveling nurses.” So this trip was fun! The only photo I have, though, is this one that one of our friends took of me and my other friend, and then he photoshopped it or something. I’m on the left.