Sunday, September 14, 2014

9/14/2014 We Visit With Family

(Clinton, MO)

As I said in an earlier post, we came to this town because we are stopping to see niece, Christy and nephew, Charlie.

We haven’t seen these two in nearly twenty years.  After their dad, Bob’s brother, passed on they moved to Kansas with their mother.

They are now grown and with families of their own.

We met them at the Denny’s for breakfast in a town called Peculiar.  That was a central location for all of us.

Christy and her husband Ric and their children, Autumn, Paige and Dominic were the first to arrive.

We arrived shortly after them and Charlie and his wife Katie with three of their four children arrived last.  Charlie had a hard moving because yesterday he was playing ball with his sons and messed up his shoulder pretty bad.  Bad enough that a trip to the hospital was in order and surgery seems likely.

After a delicious breakfast and lot of talk bringing each other up to date on what’s happened in the last twenty years it was time to part ways.  Christy’s daughters are very active in sports and had games in the afternoon that they wanted to attend.

Charlie and Katie invited us back to their home to continue our visit.  They lived in a nearby town that kind of reminded me a Mayberry sort of town.  The streets were all tree lined, the homes kept up nicely, one gas station, two bars and five churches.  A ratio Charlie and Katie were happy to bring their children up with.

We both appreciated the time we got to spend with both of them and their spouses.  We think they married well and both seem genuinely happy.

A picture of Charlie and his Uncle Robert.

We had a great visit with them and are so glad we took the time for this side trip.

Back at home we settled in.  Bob did strike up a conversation with the fellow next to us and we met his companion, Gunner.

A face only a mother could love.  I became Gunner’s best friend when I started scratching his back.  If I moved away he followed and looked at me as if to say, “Well, start scratching!”

Tomorrow we continue our trek west.

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