I spent the entire morning with my Dad. Just the two of us... tradition. When we shop together on Good Friday and buy things that have to do with our heritage it makes my heart sing. This is real joy and love.
We always talk about my Nan and Pap (his parents) and his grandparents all living together in one house. The house that he grew up in, and I remember visiting that house my entire life. We always went "back home" for Easter. We'd stay at Nan's house and then have Easter dinner with my Mum's family who live in the same town. Of course Nan would come to dinner too. Dad sold it to one of his cousins when Nan died, so it's nice to know that family still lives there. We still go "back home" every once in awhile, but a lot of the family has passed on and we aren't as close with our second and third cousins. Mr OP and Flyboy do go deer hunting there every year, but the last time I was there was for a wedding .
It's sad to see how the old "coal mine" town is falling apart, and to not have either of my Grandmothers to visit. There are lots of great memories in that small town. I'd go and stay with my Grandmothers every summer, it was literally like "Mayberry," it even had a ice cream and soda counter. Everyone looked after each other's kids, we rode bikes all over town and to the park.
The fire-whistle still blows a ten o'clock curfew for all kids to be home. My Nan lived on one street, the next street over was my Gram and 2 of her sisters, the next street was my Great Uncle and his family. There was and still is extended family all over town.My parents lived there until I was 1yr, then we moved to this area. But, we would go back at least 1x month, even though it's over 4 hours away. Eventually the visits grew longer in between, after my Mum got used to being away that is. We have a lot of family in this area, all of my Mum's brothers and sister settled around here, and most of my cousins are close by.
What about you, do you have a lot of family living nearby?
I'm not sure if I'll have to pop in tomorrow or Sunday so I'm wishing you all a wonderful Easter. May you all know love and real joy in God's blessings.