On the Fourth of July my second son, Michael, turned 28.
This may seem odd, since my son Christopher turned 28 in March, and I don’t talk about Michael much – but still, he’s my son too.
Michael and his folks lived across the hall from Chris and I while the boys were growing up. We basically worked together as one big family to get the boys to all their activities and make sure there was always someone there for them. Dan’s job was to be a Dad to both of them, and he was a great one. Over time, Dan and Annie – Michael’s mom – went their separate ways and I stayed close with Dan and his family – which became in many ways my extended family here. When Dan’s sister Sharon suffered a brain aneurism I was there at the hospital with the rest of the family. When Dan’s second then ex-wife committed suicide, I ran to the house to be with the rest of the family. I love that family like my own. Dan is my brother and Michael is my son. Dan’s daughter Lauren is named after me – Lauren Michelle. Pretty cool. She’s the pretty girl standing with Michael in this picture.
We spent the Fourth of July at Dan’s house, where they barbecued burgers, chicken and hot dogs and the kids had a great time swimming in his pool.
It was great to just sit with my family.
Part of the reason we don’t see as much of each other is that everyone is busy with their lives. Michael married about 5 years ago and our family grew with the addition of Katherine – who wants to learn how to knit!!
I made sure that Katherine knew that I was her mother-in-law too and that she could feel free to come down anytime and I would teach her how to make anything she wanted. I need more girls in my family!!
Dan too has expanded his family and Geralynn joined, bringing her children Elizabeth and Stephen with her.
But the best part for me was getting to see my two sons together and watching all those years melt away as they just sat and talked and talked and talked. Geralynn could not get over how much alike they were. They had that comfortableness with each other that comes from a common history. They met when they were 5 on a Little League field. So I leave you with my favorite picture from the day. Makes me smile.