“Your dad wandered off 30 minutes ago, and I haven’t seen him since.”
This is not what you want to hear when you arrive at New York Penn Station to greet your aunt and your father. Certainly not when your father suffers from dementia, and certainly not when you’re in a place that 650,000 travelers pass through each day. Not when you know the sacrifice it was for your aunt to travel via train for eight+ hours to bring your dad to NYC. Also not when you have a rambunctious two-year-old in tow, who’s been eagerly anticipating seeing “Grandpa.”
Friends, can we believe that today is the first day of September?! I’m struggling to believe so much of 2017 has passed by, and I’m finding it even harder to believe summer will be coming to a close. Per usual, I’m rejecting the idea that Labor Day is the end of summer, and I fully intend to soak in every bit of these final three weeks of the official season.
I’m looking forward to the weekend, because my aunt is bringing my dad to NYC for a visit, and it’s been over a year since the last time he was here. Before we all jump into our holiday weekend plans, here are a few things worth sharing…
Our annual family reunion was a couple weeks ago in Buffalo Junction, VA, and I finally got a chance to sort through all of the photos I took, which meant having a chance to relive all of the fun and funny moments.
There were lots of great memories made, and in hopes that I don’t forget them, I put together my family reunion top 10 highlights.
This time last week, we were on a farm in Buffalo Junction, VA, staying in the home where Jordan’s grandmother was born 90 years ago. We were there for our annual family reunion, for time to catch up with people we love, for the chance to unplug, thanks to no phone or internet service whatsoever.
It’s always a really rich time that reminds us of the importance of family and heritage (you can read about last year’s special time here).
One of the highlights of this year’s trip was getting to sit down with our oldest relative, Cousin George (our grandmother’s first cousin), who is 97-years-old and has one of the very sharpest minds. We spent nearly three hours talking about everything from his father’s experience as a slave to what makes for a good marriage, to his perspective on race relations today.
Last week, two friends and I got on a train and headed out of the city. After an hour’s ride, we reached Cold Spring, NY where we rented stand up paddleboards and explored the quaint town. It was a great time, and I took way too many pictures, so I’m sharing them in today’s mixtape, along with a few other things that should be on your radar.