A Saturday With Family


Yesterday was one of those great days that make you happy to be alive.

I spent the morning with my youngest son, Ben and my 8 year old friend, Javi.  We ate breakfast together, picked up some shorts and a shirt for Ben, bought supplies for the garden and washed the car.  Nothing special but still a great time with young men who mean so much to me.

After returning Javi to his home and dropping Ben off at his friends’, my lovely wife and I made the trip to visit my mom and dad.  We spent the afternoon eating lunch, looking at their garden and playing Wii Frisbee Golf.  It was such a pleasant time.

One of the flowers that was considered but later rejected by the selection committee.

From Albany we drove in to Muncie to buy flowers with my wife’s family.  It’s been five years since the death of my nephew, Alex.  We’ve gathered together every spring to purchase flowers for his grave.  It’s become a family tradition that means something to us all.  We spend an hour evaluating daisies, grasses, petunias and more in an effort to pick the perfect mix.  But, in the words of my wise niece, Andrea, “Alex wouldn’t care what flowers you buy.”

We stopped at a local Mexican restaurant and had a pretty good meal and after celebrating Cinco De Mayo in fashion, we drove back home.  Though tired, we sat together on the couch and watched the movie, “Everything Must Go”.  It isn’t one of those feel-good movies that you often hope to find at the end of a long day but it is a fine example of Will Ferrel’s great acting ability.  We were both satisfied with the experience at the end of the two hours.

Over all, it was a long day with a lot of driving and running but it was good to be with family, laugh with parents and remember those we’ve loved and lost.