Sunday, March 25, 2012

Back to Our Roots

 We gathered in eastern Pennsylvania last weekend to celebrate my grandmother Edna's wonderful 89 years on this earth. It's a funny thing taking children to a foreign land and telling them it's where their grandparents and great grandparents and even great great grandparents lived and worked and loved. I don't think they quite understood but they listened patiently. Of course, there was also time for fun and this twisty slide at a park near our hotel brought a lot of laughter to a somewhat sad time.
 Allie schooled us all in the ways of the hula hoop. You rock, sister! 
 My mother's cousin Sue and her family invited us to her home on Sunday afternoon. The beautiful girls on the left are 2 of her grandchildren and this is a fun totem pole they built in their back yard.
 Table at the church with pictures of my grandmother at various stages in her life. The funeral was a nice celebration of an ordinary woman who loved her family extraordinarily well, worked hard and kept us laughing with her grand sense of humor. We miss her already.
 A good picture of my parents.
 Cousin Sue and her family also fixed lunch for us after the funeral. This is her family's church in Finland, PA.
We took a brief field trip to check out the 'roots' on the other side of the family. This is Amy, Eli and Emily standing on just about the only thing left of Windy Hill farm, my father's family's farm where he grew up. We had pictures with us of how it used to look and this might be the house foundation. The developments are encroaching and the trees are overgrown, it doesn't resemble a farm at all. But Papa could still share his memories and his stories and I'm glad we had the chance to go and see a slice of family history.

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