August 12th, 2016
Been a while since I last checked in. Spent all of July creating a monster. The kid and grand spent the month with me. I kept a fairly regular work schedule and they putzed around town. Putzed, that is, until the grand pulled out a deck of cards and challenged me to a game of War. Some of you know that game. It can go on and on. I declined, offering to teach him Rummy instead. Oh my word! I taught him how to shuffle and deal. The first 6 or so hands that we played ...with him, the kid and I sacrificed points so the grand could learn the game. Too much fun! There was one complete game in which he beat good old Grams 640 to 570. I think the game was rigged in his favor...just saying. A monster was created.
It was good to have family in town. I hated that I broke my foot while they were here. That put a crimp in their vacation. They were really troopers! Even the grand held my hands as I stepped up onto or down from curbs. And a broken foot never interferes with going to movies, watching trampoline escapades or playing cards. It's about making the most of the situation and being family.
I am blessed to have two families...the first, one that I gave birth to. The second...one that I was baptized into. My Christian family means the world to me. I am blessed with love, fellowship, laughter and peace. There are days and events that can be a little difficult, but that's even in the best of families. Like many birth families, my baptized family gathers regularly for a meal. No skimping on bread and wine! We tell stories about family events and next of kin. We gather every Sunday and on some Wednesdays, too.
The greatest thing about my baptized family is that it's not impeded by geography, ethnicity, language, or even gender. My baptized family goes by many names...some end in "ist," "an," and "cal." But all of my family shares one great surname...Christian. And the coolest thing is...everybody's welcome!!!
So, come on over. We'll get together this Sunday, say around 10:30, have a meal, tell some stories, and maybe around noon have a treat and play a hand of Rummy.