Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Faces of Love

Last weekend I had a whirlwind of activity in the midst of trying to recover from the accident and concussion. Friday night was Diana's graduation. Saturday was Calypso's Sweet 16 party. Sunday was my family reunion. My mother-in-law was here until Saturday afternoon and helped with some of the food prep for the party. My mom came up early as well to lend a hand and since I am without my own wheels she took me home with her on Sunday so I could go to my family reunion. I was tired but getting to be with my extended family and having nothing expected of me was refreshing in its own way. There seemed to be a lot of cousins missing this year but I was glad to see the folks who made it.

I enjoyed watching the joy of a little one chasing soap bubbles in the grass.

I laughed at the uncle who is always the clown.

I marveled at the perfect pink softness of the newest family member's cheek.

I saw the beauty in every crease on the oldest member's face and the magnificence of her white crown.

I was reassured by the way we embrace each other across the generations and close the geographic gaps when we come together on one June afternoon each year.
I thanked my mom for going out of her way to make sure I could rest in that embrace this year.


snowelf said...

I know you know that the car was small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, but give yourself time to be down about it a little bit. The whole ordeal is full of worry and frustration and that's a lot of stress for one person to take. Especially when you are so ready and willing to take on a job and have so many other responsibilities to take care of as well. That is not really small potatoes.

Hugs Lime.
(And seriously--how perfect was that baby's cheek. So cute!)


Hilary said...

You have beautiful family members... inside and out. Must be genetic.

Ananda girl said...

I'm sure you cherish them. Good. I have family, but far from me. I miss them. It is wonderful that you can get together and have that time to connect. As well as some slow down time for you!

Lovely photos Lime. Lovely family.
Lucky you!

jillie said...

You have captured everything and then some in those pictures. LOVE THEM!

I hope you're feeling better.

Mona said...

I love all those pictures!!

How lovely is that baby!!

Shadow said...

perfect post!

Cocotte said...

The last photo is priceless!

LW said...

these moments are the ones that keep me going.

furiousBall said...

very, very sweet. i wanna hug that baby!

Craver Vii said...

Yes, the people are great, but I want you to know that the lush, perfect lawn did not escape my attention, either! Kudos to whoever takes care of it.

...Now, how can I get me one of them hats?

NYD said...

Glad to read that you still got your s**t together.
The portraits are wonderful. Thakns for sharing them.


Anonymous said...

I loved this post. Thank you for sharing your perfect reunion with me.

Suldog said...

Clown Uncles are the best! I know - I am one!

Lime, drop me a line at, please, with your mailing address. I'd like to send you something (nothing illegal, I promise!)

S said...

Oh I am glad you got a chance to be with yo' loved ones at this time of squashed carness and stuff!


Logophile said...

An excellent day.

Glad you got to be there and appreciate it to the fullest.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to see such things! :) Cheers and Hugs!!!

Lulda Casadaga said...

What a great post. I love being with family members. It only seems to happen at weddings or funerals of late. :(

My cousins camping reunion is coming up in AUG. and we'll be hangin on the Delaware! And you would think that all my cousins, especially the ones who live in PA would be there, but the last few years they couldn't make it! I don't get that... Oh well! :)

Kat said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the last one.
Glad you were able to make it through such a busy weekend and even enjoy yourself.
You are you quickly on the mend.

RennyBA said...

A lot of love and care in this post and photos - glad you have such a good time, you deserves it!

Anonymous said...

Remember that old anti-atomic bomb commercial with the little girl picking the daisy? That first photo reminded emof it.I haven't thought about that commercial in years.

Jazz said...

Looks like a great time. We haven't had a reunion in years, more's the pity.

Fred said...

I haven't been to a family reunion since 1991. It was refreshing to read about your reunion along with the pictures.

gab said...

My Hubby's family reunion is this Sept. We were going to skip it but since my accident we realise that life and time is short.

misticblu said...

Parallels abound!!
Nothing beats the renewal and the validation felt at a great family reunion.
Glad you got through the weekend.
Am praying that you find an answer to the lack of wheels situation.

TorAa said...

do you realise the importance of this blog-post?
You sure do,-)
It's about what really matters for each of us:
Our dearest and nearest.
Our daily life and comfort.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments, in spite of yout recent car-accident. You are really a giving person;D

Jocelyn said...

Oh, so beautiful. I am crazed for a baby's cheek and a grandma's gorgeous white hair.

Desmond Jones said...

I love family reunions.

And you and I can share a wink at the 'must be genetic' comment above, right?