A wonderful but exhausting trip

October 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Happy 80th Birthday, Grandpa Marvin! The whole clan, almost 40 of us in all, descended on Lee’s Summit Saturday for the festivities. There was much barbecue (of course!), a video slideshow of Marvin photos, a thoughtful presentation, and a big room for lots of children to run around. I hadn’t seen my second cousins in 20 years, and if not for nametags, I doubt we would have recognized each other. Liam was the youngest in attendance, and he was quite a hit. We couldn’t fit our camera with the luggage, so sorry we don’t have photos to share. But I did manage to shoot some video of Evie and Liam playing at Jill’s house. Liam tried some barbecue sauce, both at the Hickory Pit on Saturday and at Oklahoma Joe’s on Monday. Sad to say, he preferred Hickory Pit. We saw lots of family, as many friends as we could squeeze in, and we returned exhausted and abused. We had a three-hour layover in Atlanta, and Liam was not a happy camper on the last leg of the trip. Thankfully we could distract him fairly easily with cheerios and cheezy poofs. We pretty much fed him for 12 straight hours.

While all of this was going on, we got sad news that my other grandpa is in the hospital. He had congestive heart failure on Sunday which abated on Monday. But by Wednesday things had gotten bad again, and my mom and dad drove up to Indianapolis to be with him and the family. Grandpa is still able to talk, but he’s drifting in and out of consciousness, and on a morphine drip. He’s resting comfortably, which is all they can do right now. The rest of us unable to make the trip are waiting to hear the latest. Sometimes I think the waiting is the saddest part.


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  1. Glad I got to see you and the little stinker! He’s so freaking cute and curious! Thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. I agree, waiting is the worst. And I have to say, for me, it’s worse when it’s in person. May your grandpa not suffer long and be at peace. And may you and your family find comfort in good memories you have of him.

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