Saturday - March 9, 2013
We had company at my sister’s home today. A second cousin and her daughter were vacationing at Marco Island, Florida and my sister had invited them to spend the day with us at her home.
What a wonderful time we had together. My sister had prepared some delicious cold crab salad and shrimp salad dishes for our lunch that we dined on in her formal dining room. Afterward, we retired to their beautifully landscaped enclosed lanai, overlooking the golf course for dessert. We had a wonderful strawberry swirl pound cake, topped with fresh strawberries, for dessert. The ambience of this setting was further enhanced by the sound of water splashing into their pool from the water fountain. My sister excels at entertaining and preparing mouth-watering gourmet dishes. She once again showcased her extraordinary culinary skills.
This was the first time I had seen our cousin in probably sixty to seventy years. There is a thirteen-year age difference between us, so I was a very young boy the last time we had seen one another. Our cousin is a very young 86 years, very computer literate and mentally sharp as anyone half her age. Her daughter is a retired schoolteacher, who is an absolute delight to be around. She and her mother are so very easy to carry on a conversation with and both share a wonderful sense of humor. Fond memories were rekindled during conversations of relatives who have since passed on and those who are still with us. My, how the years seemed to have just passed by in the blink of an eyelid. Strange, how the older we get we are reminded of how precious each new day is and not to be taken for granted.
My cousin lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and her daughter lives in Lansing, Michigan. Since we live in Illinois and often camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we now have an excuse to make a few stops along the way to just say hello and maybe grab a quick lunch with them, if their schedule permits.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.