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 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.