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It’s small quarters to have visitors in a motor home, but Pat, Diane and Simone came and crowded in for a few minutes before moving into Wendy and Jim Jaillet’s spacious house here in Ivoryton.

Jaime’s middle name is Simone and she is named for her first cousin, twice removed. Its always a pitfall to figure out cousin positions for the purpose of defining how they are related and I’m hoping I have that right from my forays into genealogy. Not that it matters. What really matters is that occasionally everyone makes it a point to get together.

Over lunch, we talked about that quite a bit, that we’ve become the oldest generation, and the family history often resides in our memories. Its important to share those things that you think about once in awhile. “Wasn’t she the daughter of…?  Where did Aunt Irene get married?  Maybe the same church we did. No, it was the depression, they had a small ceremony.  I have a picture you might like a copy of.”  And so it goes.

It always seems a surprise that the younger generation grows up so much from the last time you saw them, though we all know it happens.  (Jaime, Jocelyn and Eric Jaillet.)

Young couples engaged in raising their families, with work, school, and extra circular activities-it practically takes an act of congress to get the whole family together at the same time. I remember those days. Eric, for instance, had a meeting to attend before guests arrived. He came back with a prize from a drawing, dirt bike tires.

Jocelyn helped make the dessert she is dishing up, a fresh peach crumble with raspberries. She babysits and tutors young school kids. Age fifteen, she is an excellent student and loves poetry.

The dessert was delicious, but also signals the end of lunch, and soon everyone was on their way, promising to get in touch again soon.

Jaime, Jim and I each won a game of Quiddler. She also won a game of checkers on-line (with Jim’s help.) Jaime said she had never slept in a motor home. Our first overnight guest.
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From Mary’s desk:
Traveling to the East coast from California, we’ve covered about 7,000 miles in the RV so far. Most travelers don’t get to experience the byways and side trips as deeply as we do. And, this trip has a purpose, an eventual reunion with Jim’s family members.  I took a picture of Jim with his closest cousin Simone Couisneau Purcell and her husband Pat. Jim and Simone grew up near each other as kids and considered each other more like brother and sister. His last visit was in 2007. We had lunch at her house in Bergenfield, NJ and though the visit was short we will see her again in late July.

We returned to Palumbo’s for a light supper, potato salad and the all American hot dog, grilled. Also organic in this case. Jim and Ginnie have chipmunks zipping around the yard all the time and I finally caught one for the camera. Its mouth is lumpy with found treasures.

We enjoyed another walk in their favorite nearby garden, Laurelwood. Because it was later in the day, we caught some fat frogs out for an evening mosquito meal.

We visited the private for-residents-only Pines Lake and watched the sunset. New friends for me, a sweet three days, then back on the road to whatever is around the bend.

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