We’ve often observed there is no such thing as normal. Traditions adapt to circumstance.

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I never imagined that my oldest sister and youngest brother would compare their bald heads one day.  Dawn has a few wisps more. Clark says, who needs hair, anyway? Dawn is 80 Clark 58.

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Dawn’s son, Tom, is two years older than Clark. Tom, Clark and my brother, Mark, grew up like brothers, rather than uncles and nephew. (Mark died at age 50 in 2005.)

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Dawn’s daughter, Debbie put together a great dinner for 12 with people we seldom see. Debbie’s husband Bob Blake on the right, with his son Jeff and the latest granddaughter, Abbie.

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Jeff claimed he’d never had his picture taken with both of his grandmothers, Dawn and Rita Blake.

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Debbie’s daughter-in-law Margaret with the youngest great-grandchild. At Thanksgiving, Dawn got to see her other five great-grandchildren. There are grand rewards for getting older. That must be why we call them grand children.

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Bob Blake’s sister, Pam and her two daughters and her daughter’s boyfriend came up from Manhattan Beach. I think we saw them at the last family wedding.

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The older we get, the more we look like each other,so someone observed.

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Tom and Bill share a laugh. The picture is lousy but I love it when people laugh with gusto.

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Dawn’s daughter-in-law, Maryanna used to be an Olympic swimmer for West Germany. At age 70, she could pass for someone in her 50’s.

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After dinner, we played bingo. Debbie and Dawn play bingo at the Terraces Assisted Living Center on Thursdays. So, she decided to stage a bingo game with wonderful prizes at home. Great Grandson CJ helped me call the game.  In all the hustle, I didn’t get a picture of Debbie, who is Dawn’s youngest daughter. Debbie is a School Psychologist and a whirlwind of energy.

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The next morning, Tom, Maryanna, Brother, Bill and I all met for a late breakfast at the Terraces before the long drive home. Tom and Maryanna live in Sunol, California. It was touch and go for a time, but Dawn is getting stronger and stronger after her brain radiation.  Traditions change to meet the circumstances and the circumstances be getting better.

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4 thoughts on “TRADITIONS.

  1. I felt so nostalgic after reading this!! .. thanks a lot for this!

    • 2gadabout

      I so enjoyed your blog. It speaks to the soul, the core of all of us. Thank you for that.

  2. Radiation is a bear. DH just finished 15 fractions, after 36 fractions seven years ago. It seems so innocuous, but has long-lasting effects – good ones, and bad. Our best wishes to Dawn, and your whole family.

    • 2gadabout

      Thank you. At this point we are grateful for the promise of some extra time.

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