Look back into your old photos, its fun especially when you realize how fast time goes by and how quickly kids grow up! I wanted to post about family, the importance of keeping in touch even if it is only for an hour or maybe over night.
The Evans family is not large, so doing road trips to see family is high on my priority list. Perhaps its a throw back to the days when our family would travel to Flaxcombe (West of Kindersley) to visit. Our dad had two sisters, Aunt Mary lived in Flaxcombe, then moved to Eatonia. Uncle Bryce worked with the Co-op at Flaxcombe and Kindersley. They had one daughter, Shirley. Shirley and Arnott had four children, which are more my age than any of my first cousins. And now there are lots of 3rd and 4th cousins!
We saw each other often, exchanged parcels at Christmas and attended family weddings. I can still remember the soda cans’ graphic Co-op starburst. Another memory trigger was the smell of bacon, eggs and coffee. I believe Aunt Mary loved having us come and stay. It was a great time rounding everyone up and it didn’t take our dad far from the farm.
Aunt Mary & Uncle Bryce had one daughter. Shirley was older than any of us and the photos from 1955 or so show the cousins all huddled together like kids do! I can only reflect on the memories through photos, because I came along much later!
It was early in March when Shirley’s daughter Elaine called me to relay that her mom was in hospital and her health was failing rather quickly. My heart sank. I was in the basement of our apartment going through old photos, one of which was of Shirley on her wedding day. Shirley passed away later that weekend, I was unable to attend the service, but my sisters went.
They had a chance to visit with the family and catch up. This weekend, I was looking forward to re-connecting because hey sometimes Facebook and Instagram just don’t cut it. Nor a phone call.
When you go to visit a family with kids, teenagers or younger, you should probably go earlier in the day because it takes a bit of time for people to warm up to relatives they haven’t seen in a long time! The last time I saw those faces, they were all over me! This visit not so much, remarkable what a few years will do!
Kabri loves gymnastics and there she was bouncing like mad on a trampoline. (The trampoline is located immediately outside of the front door.) When I got out of the car, I was greeted by a giant dog – almost pony status. And inside Kannan, like most 13 year olds, was playing a video game in the living room. Kannan loves Star Wars, not so social until he warms up to you and then the questions begin! Oh and he’s a big fan of politics and CNN!
Between arrival late Sunday afternoon, enjoying supper together, looking at old pictures, talking about the Legion and family stuff Kabri and Kannan spent the night listening, hangin’ around, avoiding going to bed, sound familiar! The kookiest, most brilliant thing that reminded me of what I used to be like was the project that Kannan was working on. The final touches being added at 11pm on a Sunday night. SURE! Kannan’s TaeKwon-do instructor had students do a picture board, “My Vision/Goals”. I’m no martial arts guru, but this is a pretty good idea at any age. Kannan’s list was curious to a degree; own a collection of art, become ambidextrous, speak 3 different languages, own a Bentley Mulsanne. (Have you seen this ride! The Queen has!). And finally, for a kid with an interest in politics – Never go to Prison!
I love that!
I left on Monday morning with a speed sketch from Kabri and a big wave from Kannan. A firm belief that it won’t be 4 years before we meet up again!