“I’ve learned that it’s not what I have, but who I have in my life that matters most.” ~ Unknown
I had three parties to get to this weekend. I made it to one. This morning, I picked up Stacy and off we went for a delicious brunch followed by three inappropriate, yet totally hilarious, games of Cards Against Humanity with Susan Stewart, Catherine Brereton, and Annie Bassoni. We five hadn’t seen each other to play a CAH game in quite a while. I’d gotten a new deck anticipating our need to refresh and it did not fail, that’s for sure. I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all.
I had the best visit with Aunt Janet yesterday. We talked for a very, very long time. In our conversation where I pointed out that we both have hair that parts on the left, which is slightly unusual for women, I discovered that she’s also left handed. Though I’m somewhat ambidextrous, I am a definite righty by nature. She was denied her natural side. I never before noticed that Janet is a lefty because, like thousands of other lefties her age, she was prevented from using her left hand to write as a child. So, she grew up faking her way through life as a righty. Turns out that my great-grandmother Adams was also a leftie as were two of her kids, my grandfather’s siblings. These are the kinds of things we learn from our elders despite having spent decades with them. Those 20, 30, or more years they lived before we got here have a lifetime of experience packed into them. Never take it for granted. I’m so grateful to Janet for sharing her life with me. I hope we’re able to find a good long time to visit with one another again very soon.
What a busy day this has been. Lots of business to be done in Lexington, then it was off to the homeland of Eastern Kentucky where more business got done. But in amongst all this business busy-ness was a lot of great visiting. Like when Jill LeMaster and her nephew, Jacob, dropped by. They brought delicious foods to mom, and they also brought a selfie-stick. I’d never used a selfie stick before. Here’s my first try. Everyone I ran into today was happy and helpful. Such joy.
One of the great blessings of life is knowing and hanging out with older folks. Bill and Janet Bick are two of my favorites. At (I think) 93 and 87 respectively, they are as engaged, and engaging, as anyone I know. Perhaps both having been educators explains why they remain as in-the-game as people half their ages. In case you haven’t connected the dots yet, they are the in-laws of rental sister Pam Bick, grandparents to rental niece Cassie, and great-grandparents to Ellie Rose who just turned one. And, just like the rentals, Bill and Janet are as kind and warm as they look. At Ellie’s birthday, where I photographed them, Bill and I learned we’re both only children. We waxed poetic the ways we learned to entertain ourselves from a very early age, which builds a certain kind resourcefulness that folks with siblings may not find. I enjoyed our exchange very much, and I really enjoyed watching them with their great-grandchildren. It made for a very sweet day. Plus, they’re just so darn cute together.
Yea, so, I’m totally loving my macro lens, and I’m totally proud of Leo. It will soon be a year since he lost his eye to cancer. He adjusted really quickly like the champ he is. He’s a babe. Plus, he’s super photogenic.
I saw David Hurst Saturday. He showed me a recent vinyl discovery he’d made. I took a little trip down memory lane with his find; a signed promotional copy of our first LP. It was signed by the most experienced lineup of the band; Kiya, Jon Durno, Gregg Fulkerson, and yours truly. We did a lot of touring after the album’s release in May 1988. Our first guitarist during the southern and part of the east coast tours was Brian Bonham. Gregg came aboard sometime during that east coast tour (I think) and through the Midwest and west coast tours which would have probably been July through December of ’88. It would be really interesting to know the life of David’s album because the lives we four shared during our time together was some of the best times I had in music. We were a really good combo that didn’t really get to finish what we started. Unfinished or not, I wouldn’t trade my life with them for anything.
Melissa Snow-Groves makes me howl with laughter. We did Rory’s three-month shots today and she did not disappoint (neither did Rory). It takes someone confident in themselves to makes such faces in front of a camera knowing they’re liable to be seen by lots of people. It’s so refreshing to be in the company of someone as confident and free and creative and spontaneous as Melissa. No wonder she’s got an incredible husband and two equally incredible kids. I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy January Saturday than in the midst of such a sweet family, funny faces a bonus.