Tuesday, June 19, 2018
One Hundred Years
This last weekend my uncle celebrated his 100th birthday!
That's pretty incredible.
Clete is my mother's oldest brother. His kids - my first cousins - are semi-considerably older than I. Tim, the youngest, is 16 years my senior. The oldest is maybe 25 years older than I. Their kids are closer to my age.
His children - the three remaining - were present. 11 of the 18 (?) grandchildren (my second cousins) were there. And an unknown number of great grandchildren were in attendance as well.
I was the only one from my side of the family to attend. I RSVP'd since I assumed I'd be taking my mother - but she wasn't feeling 100% and it was 95F out. You cannot take an almost 90 year old out who weighs about 80 lbs out into that kind of heat. So I went as her representative. .....and I do like my cousins who I do not see all that often.
I'm not 100% sure Clete knew who I was. He does have dementia, and even if he wasn't aware, he played along with things like he knew who I was. He certainly seemed to know why everyone was there.
(Yikes that shirt needed to be readjusted!)
Still I had some good conversations with my second cousins - and some more adult ones with my first cousins, though most of them revolved around them asking about my mother, which was fine.
I took a number of pictures for my mother.
Clete was funny. He told me he was going to make another lap of 100 years. g-d love him, because I'm not even willing to do the full century.
Song by: the Cure