Refreshing Reconnection

Days 6 and 7: One of our planned spots to stop and refresh was in Nashville, Arkansas.  It is the birthplace of my father and the home of the “World’s Greatest Big Sister”, explanation to come.  I grew up the youngest of four children, with three sisters.  I thought our trip across country was a great opportunity to stop in and see my sisters.  I am grateful that my two other sisters, who both drove a ways to come spend some time with all of us.  Sebellah had fun playing with my niece’s daughter, Micah, as well as Trey, who is a gentle giant with a great heart.

My sister Barbara has used her amazing grandma skills to make Sebellah feel quite at home.  In fact, she has already starting calling the room we are sleeping in, “my room”.  She loved playing with some old style toys.  We even came across an old toy guitar of mine, that is somewhere between 50 and 55 years old.  It is a plastic “Sears” guitar.  It still has the letters, “ICH” on it.  That was my stage name in the early years of my musical career.  I am sorry, I don’t have time to talk about that story.  The guitar may make into our motorhome for Sebellah to play with.

It was fun having a time to reconnect with my three sisters.  We are all unique individuals with different lives and perspectives on how the world works.  We did some reminiscing and Barbara had gotten us all t-shirts and an old picture of the four of us.  The picture was the three of them watching me play in a very small blow up pool, while visiting our uncle Kenneth.  The three of them did not think it was fair that only I got to play in the pool.  As you can plainly see by the picture, there was hardly room for anyone else.  Barbara’s t-shirt said, “World’s Greatest Big Sister”, Pat and Doris’ shirt said, “World’s Greatest Sister” and mine said, “World’s Okayist Brother”.  It appears that the three of them are still dealing with some leftover jealousy.  That’s the only thing I can think of.20180727_193105.jpg

Well, it was a very good day and we all had a lot of fun.  It was also fun introducing them to Sebellah.  They were all very gracious and made her feel very welcomed.  We have been able to refresh and reconnect, before heading out on the second half of our journey to Disney World.  We will be taking our time, 4 days, to drive the last 1100 miles.  We are excited about making it to Mickey and Minnie’s world, and more importantly, reconnecting with our “Lolli”.  She will be flying to join us on Tuesday.  We have had a great adventure but both of us miss her terribly.  We are a family of three, after all.  I’m sorry, a family of four, counting our dog, Maddi.  Maddi will not be joining us on this adventure.

Day 8: Off to Baton Rouge area.

Enjoy the pictures!

Sharing the Journey,

Rich, “Pops”20180726_142445.jpg20180727_064241-1.jpg20180727_190338-1.jpg20180727_190403.jpg20180727_190518-1.jpg20180727_144503.jpg20180727_145132-1.jpg

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I have been involved in the field of Human Services for 30 plus years. I teach in the field of Human Services for Purdue University Global. Allene is a stay at home "Lolli", after spending many years in the Healthcare field. We have 3 adult children and in May, 2018, we adopted our granddaughter, who is 6 years-old. We have had her since she was 5 months old. At the end of 2019, we moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina, as a part of a plan to downsize and give Allene the chance to retire, and be at home full-time. We are devoted to making a difference in Sebellah's life and also in the lives of other grandparents raising grandchildren.

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