Here I am on 64East going through Kentucky trying to get to Knoxville to stop for the night. My daughter, Jo and Avery and I have been in Indiana for the last four days. I realize now that we should have blocked off more time for our little trip. We stayed with my cousin, Marilyn and her sister Judy came over from Columbus, Ohio to see us. We went out to eat at some wonderful restaurants and Friday night had a big fish dinner at a restaurant in Wanamaker. They had a guy playing the accordion and of course, Avery had to remind everyone that I had attempted this lovely instrument many years ago. We went for Sundaes on Thursday night. Needless to say, my new diet will begin Monday.
This was a great visit. I got to see one of my uncles that I hadn't seen since 1957. He is a sweetheart and we will be keeping in touch now. I find it has been a situation where so many of my family have gotten so busy in their lives that they just kept thinking they would do more than the annual Christmas card note, but time passed and we didn't get around to anymore than that. Today was my Aunt Jean's 80th birthday and one of her sons gave her a great party. We looked at old pictures and laughed about all the crazy times.
Why do we let our lives get so busy? Next to our relationship with the Lord, our family has got to come first. I have just been way too busy. I don't want another family member to pass away and not be sure of how many years it had been since I'd seen them. It's just 10 hours away and this has been so much fun. I have laughed so much that the muscles in my stomach hurt. I learned things about my family that I found so interesting. My grandfather was the director of the Red Cross at one time. Oh yes, and one of my cousins has been to Disney World 75 times. It seems like you would have seen all of it by now.
We are planning on coming back next summer and stay longer. I hadn't seen most of them for over twenty years and that's just too long. Don't wait so long to visit your family. It takes a long time to catch up. I realize I have missed so much. Sitting around the table with them made me realize I had been needing to talk about old times and getting all the loving hugs makes me smile now and probably will for a long time to come.