It is late on Tuesday morning, so this must be quick. Dave and I just returned from Port Jefferson, Long Island, N.Y., where we visited my niece and her husband and son, and also most of my siblings plus their wives and some of their children. It was a great family reunion with only one sister missing. We talked about when all of us had last been together and we think it was my sister’s first wedding some 50-plus years ago. There has always been one of us missing since then. Even our youngest sister’s funeral was missing one of us. Last time we met at all was three years ago at my brother, Ralph’s 70th birthday. But Paulie was missing then as he lives in Idaho. This time sister Cindy was missing as she had to work. This trip also served as a 70th birthday celebration for Paul. He turns 70 in August. I am obviously the youngest of the bunch. Francine is the oldest. She will be 75. They all look well and far younger than their years suggest. It was great to play catch up and meet my nieces, Sarah and Joy, for the first time. Only nephew Kevin was missing. He had to work for the holiday weekend. David redid my nieces yard and was in heaven getting to landscape, again.
Graduations have come and gone, and in most communities students are out of school for the summer. If not they will be shortly. Take care on the roads for young people on bicycles. Campgrounds are open and they have children on bicycles, too. Many are city kids and to them all our roads are back roads and they do not understand the need to stay to the side or out of the way of traffic. I know we always have kids on bicycles near Papoose Pond. People too near there don’t understand that Route 118 isn’t in the middle of the woods. I guess to them it is. It is amazing how even to Portland kids this is the woods and might be scary at night. I remember bringing inner city kids from Portland to a camp in Peru, and they were downright frightened, even though in the city they were tough guys.
FOURTH OF JULY is coming soon. Get your camping and fireworks plans made now. There is a community picnic at the Dr. Moses Mason House in Bethel and the usual Fourth Celebration in Waterford. Check in soon for the details.
Am late so must go now, Have a great week.