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Families are a bewildering thicket of relationships. They are, at once, simple and complex.

Top O’ The World Ma (Daily Prompt: Daring Do – Bold)

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This Thanksgiving was my first, in Wyoming, in 34 years.  I happily immersed myself in family.  Once again, I lived other holidays, earlier Thanksgivings, earlier years in my life.  The determined little ones caught my eye, especially little Rosie, so bold in just her second Thanksgiving.  I immediately thought of her as I read the Daily Prompt:  Daring Do – Bold. I hope Jack Warner and Jimmy Cagney forgive me for borrowing the title from their film.

Rosie had an accident, severely injuring her right hand.  She celebrated Thanksgiving with the boldness only a well loved child knows.  Rosie's mother movers nearby, ready to swoop down.  May Rosie never need rescuing.

Rosie severely injured her right hand a few days before. She boldly celebrated Thanksgiving as only a well-loved child can. Rosie’s mother movers nearby, ready to swoop down, should she need rescue.

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F9 – And They Lived Their Lives – Three Thousand Miles of Thanksgiving

And They Lived Their Lives

Three Thousand Miles of Thanksgiving

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All years are the same length, 365.25 days long, with almost 24 hours in each day.  Yet, some years stand out, with the makings of a Hallmark Movie.  2012 was one such for us.  I retired at the end of January.  Marian and I bike toured Washington State and the Oregon Coast.  Then, the adventure turned to drama.  My father made a life changing transition to an assisted living facility.  That Christmas our family gathered together for our first Christmas in many years   The time was special.  In the movies, the main character does a voice over as the camera zooms out, the end credits start to roll, and the final music comes up.
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F8 – Our Summer With David Has Come and Gone

In California, the last days of summer are upon us.  Another season has passed.  This one passes with a tinge of sadness.  With Labor Day nearing, our son, David, has finished his time with us, and returned to the University.  It seems like yesterday, that he opened the door and greeted his Mother with a Happy Mother’s Day hug and kiss.  He seemed taller.  His beard was that of a man.

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F7 – The Brits are Here – Final (Updated 14 August 2013)

Our nephew Paul, his wife Helen, and their two daughters, Ella and Beth, visited us from the UK.  We took a few pictures, here and there, along the way, to remember their stay with us.  We had a lovely time, and hope they did as well.

Unfortunately, we were having trouble with our internet.  We have since changed providers.  This caused us to be off-line for a time, but we finally got back on-line, and added pictures.

24 July 2013 – Welcome to America

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Beth (left), and Ella (right), were gracious enough to squeeze in a brief moment for a picture opportunity.   They were hard at work building marble works.  Just as quickly, they were back to it.

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F6 – Independence Day 2013

The Fourth of July is always a special day.  It brings back memories of my childhood, in western Nebraska.  It was always hot.  It never seemed to rain.  And fireworks were legal.  My friends and I would happily try out every manner of explosive.  We tried out everything from simple firecrackers, to fountains, to pop-bottle rockets.  Sometimes we enjoyed the bang.  Sometimes, being the boys that we were, we just had to try out the explosive power.  Sometimes it was sticks piled together, or perhaps toy soldiers.

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F5 – The Graduation Of Our Daughter – Elizabeth

Our daughter, Elizabeth, crossed a major threshold in her life.  Today, 15 June, 2013, University of California Santa Cruz conferred upon her the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Within a few months, she will have completed all requirements for a second Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology.  We were proud to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with her.  We tried to capture in a few pictures, some of our celebration with her.

Our daughter graduated from college on 15 June 2013.  This is her day

Our daughter graduated from college on 15 June 2013. This is a day she has worked so very hard to reach.  And we are so very proud of her.

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F4 Change Came Suddenly

NOTE:  This article may read as my single handed effort to move my Father to a safe place.  In fact, my sister Lou Ann, and her husband, Fred, have been the prime caregivers for my Father for many years.  My sister, Joyce, living in Jackson, has been a steady presence over the years.  And my brother, Steve, has come to Casper as often as he can, from Michigan.  Through the past several weeks, the entire Family, including my Father, have moved in concert, with the single goal of making my Father’s life safe and manageable.

Change announced itself with the ringing of the phone.  I listened as Marian talked on the phone for several minutes.  Paying little attention, at first, I realized she was talking to my youngest sister.  With anxiety building, I took the phone.  Change had come, unwanted, unhappily intruding on our family.

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F3 – Farewell Endeavor

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Marian convinced me to get up at the unheard of hour of 07:30 to go see the flyby of the Shuttle Endeavor.  Not only that, she persuaded our daughter, Elizabeth, to come over for the night from Santa Cruz, and go out with us.  I was privileged to see history.  I was sad because the decommissioning of Endeavor marks the end of the US Manned Space Program.

Endeavor Groupies Pat, Marian, and Elizabeth

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F2 – Was It Just a Dream? (18-25 August 2012)


We just completed a whirl-wind trip to Wyoming.  While we wanted to do several things, the first order of business was to move our son, David, from San Jose, to Laramie, Wyoming.  He has transferred from De Anza Jr College to the University of Wyoming.  He is studying Geology, hoping to find a career based on what he learns.

Pat and Marian standing with David, on the steps of our family home in San Jose.

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F1 – Never to Sleep in my Father’s House Again


My Father has lived in his house for 27 years.  He has lived in it, alone for the last 12, save for visitors.  Soon, I think, he will need to move to a place where others can help take care of him.  That will be a huge change.  We grieve.  I fear it.  And I am sad.  I won’t stay in his house anymore.

My mother and father bought the house on Jonquil, after he retired. It was the nicest house either one ever lived in.

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