Monday, August 29, 2016
These very quiet looking windows are rotting off the house.
We paint all the time. This is a big house, not suitable to any all-at-once painting situation. We paint ourselves around the house, year by year.
Well. That's all fine and so forth until you come upon window sills which have not been looked at since the 80s.
It was the plan to scrape and repaint, same old.
Not going to work here.
This, however? This is a snapshot I took of Jay's mother's dad, John, on the floor beside our own John Kenneth.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
This is like the boat Jay had when we were first married.
Friday, August 26, 2016
No opportunity was missed for ruffled tights or big satin bows in your hair, shiny shoes. No regrets.
You've been a gift to this whole family. You're a sister people can count on,
You've brought Dad and me more happiness than you can even imagine.
Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.
With love forever, Mom and Dad and Everybody
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Our giant poodle, Tammy bit this ball, so the air deflated. John put the remains on his head as a helmet, and he brought over the other scrap and placed it on your head.
Everything about this, from your little ID bracelet, to your curls and tearful lips, to Dad's own kiss against your cheek, and a hand big enough to cross your whole belly--it grabs a hold of me.
I took this picture with an old 35 mm with manual focus. It's a second in time, captured forever.
This is you sitting on Dad's side of the bed, hugging Kari on the day she was born.
Daniel? You, whom I have loved since I was an 18 year old girl? You and me and Dad and John?
In this whole entire world, there is not one single person I love more than I love you.
This annoys your brothers and sisters because somehow they twist it around to mean that I love them less.
I do not love them less than I love you.
How are these things actually measured?
Thank you for being brave enough to venture into a family as young and inexperienced as this one.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity, for laughing along with us, and saying, "Awww," in the right places, for working hard and being a fine example of devotion and dedication to your own family.
I could not love any one of you more.
Happy Birthday, Daniel T.
Love forever, Mom and Dad and Everybody
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The lake was pretty. It's just a lovely, beautiful place.
This picture was snapped on the ride up, rainbow.
She's hardly even conscious.