|Papa, Darian, Paige and Harley|
Memorial Day Weekend 2014
Today's prompt is:
Family. What do you love? Best traits? What crazy genetics do you have in common? Fave photo?
I come from a family of 5 kids. My mom raised us, after my father committed suicide when I was 7 years old. Then right after I turned 10 she remarried. In fact today would have been her and my step-father's 53 wedding anniversary. We are a strong-willed family. There is always someone that is not talking to someone else. It is really too bad that now that we are all in our 60's we can't just accept each other for the way that we are and deal with it. My father was an alcoholic and there is a very strong addiction gene in our blood line. That too is very sad. But it is what it is.
I went on to have my own family. Married at the age of 18. Gave birth to my first son at age 20. Had my second son at age 24 and became divorced at age 27. Soon after I met and became partners with my current husband. We have been together now for more than 30 years.
And now my current family consists of my husband and two teenage grandchildren, Harley, 14, and Darian, 16. We also have Paige, 14, who is here every weekend to offer her love and help. My husband is ill with end-stage Parkinson's disease and we take care of him. My grandchildren are the best helpers that a granny could ever ask for. They never, ever complain about the help that is needed when it comes to taking care of Papa. (They are normal kids and do complain about chores, otherwise.)They are all very caring and kind children. They love us unconditionally. I have been blessed to have the best family a woman could ever ask for.....three times over.