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Friday, June 23, 2017

Port of Call

     This post was supposed to be about our recent visit to see the Tall Ships come into Boston.  It was supposed to be about a rare gem moment: me and my gang, my parents, Champ's parents, and my aunt and uncle all gathered for the day- never before have we had such luck to all be together at the same time.  The only port of call in the U.S. for the 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and it worked out that we could all be there to watch them enter the harbor.  My uncle was our kingpin of sail- his heart built with mast and rig- and my boys could not get enough of the knowledge he held. 

 

 I took pictures like I always do, planning to document our travels through Boston on the way to meet our family at the Navy Yard. That post is for the future.   Today I point out that I forced the family to constantly gather and grin for me.  Even if they would not, I snapped a picture.  Even if they had no idea I was photographing them, I still snapped.  It led to a doozy of a photo collection, but also to documentation of a unique moment in our lives.

 
  

That moment then is what makes it bittersweet and difficult and grace-filled to say that my uncle passed away shortly after these photos were taken.  Simple words fill in where emotions and unnecessary details do not belong.  Uncle R you are loved, you are missed.  You have created a legacy of a story with your life, and  we will remember this with fondness once we have moved passed the rawness of present days. xoxoxoxo


 

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.

                                             And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

                                                                  -  John Masefield

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reasons to smile in summer

 

A calmer, summery pace is soooo close! We are almost there.  The final weeks of the school year are awesome in their own way, but the amount of flurry activity and shuttling and kid arranging that need be done always leaves me breathless.  Just like mama bear up there- on hot muggy active days I find myself panting with all that need be accomplished.  And just like mama bear brought her cub to one of his favorite spots to play, I brought my own cubs to the river this weekend and it put smiles on all our faces.

Enjoy your day, everyone!  I hope to be back to this space sooner than later!!!!!!! xoxoxo