Perfect Moment Monday: The Next Generation

September 29, 2013

in Family, Perfect Moment

Maybe you’ve heard me talk about my sisters once or twice. We kinda like each other. What’s more, we even like our parents.

And because we five like being in each others’ company, about once a year we finagle the chance to drag along our husbands and children for The Sake of Family Togetherness.

Which we did over Labor Day weekend in the Rocky Mountains. Like 6 years ago — when Tami’s husband Gino was recovering from full paralysis — again we had guitars, puzzles, hikes, and trips to the liquor store.

And this time, the addition of my niece, now 20 months old. Eleana is Tami’s daughter.

Ross, Sheri’s son, has just about doubled in height since that 2007 gathering. He can practically rest his chin on my head now (I am not short). He is the brother of Jake and Ben; all three are my beloved nephews (as is Dominic, Tami’s son).

Below was a tender moment I got to witness between one sister’s near-grown son and my other sister’s toddler daughter. Imagine the smell of the pines, the momentary crisp air after months of hot-hot-hot, the anticipation of the steaks that the men had on the nearby grill. All that was part of this perfect moment observing these two sweet souls exploring nature.

Scene at Colorado mountain pond

Sweet simple perfection.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy September 30, 2013 at 1:54 am

I love how much you love your family. I love that you all love being together. I am so glad you had such a special weekend, captured this moment and shared it here with us. Thank you. xoxo


Mel September 30, 2013 at 7:36 am

That trip — as a whole — sounds perfect.


Andrea September 30, 2013 at 8:23 am

I love this! I like my family a lot too and I can see these moments happening in our future more and more. it’s the best. xo


Kir September 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

oh that was lovely, what a wonderful weekend and trip you had. I loved reading this.


Kelly O September 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

How I love that picture!!! What a great weekend — so great when kids get to experience family get-togethers like that… :D


Haralee September 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I think that is a darling picture!


Beverly Diehl September 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

The tenderness and care of teens for their younger siblings and cousins is always such a gift – especially the boys who are often trying to appear tough and macho at other times.

Lovely picture.


Esperanza September 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

That is such a great moment. I love it when older kids take a moment to share of themselves with those who are younger. It’s even more special when they are family.


Lois Alter Mark September 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Now, that is truly a perfect moment. The picture says it all.


Kasey October 1, 2013 at 6:36 am

Super cute picture I love it!


It Is What It Is October 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Sounds utterly life affirming and idyllic. I love the sweet and tender moment you captured.

I so wish I had anything approximating this with my family and it makes me long even more. Cherish it as I know you do.


St. E October 4, 2013 at 1:50 am

What a nice way to reconnect and make memories together. It is a great tradition. And of course, it is nice that everyone likes everyone else so it is all good.

Tami’s daughter has a name similar to my kid, and my kid is 20 months-ish too. :-)


luna October 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

truly perfect moment!
I think most of us only wish for that type of fulfilling connection with our families, our siblings and parents!


m. October 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

So tender. So loving. These are the moments I hope for for D as he grows. I love that you take the love and strength you see and feel in your family and share it with the internets. Thank you.


loribeth October 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Love that photo! :) A perfect moment indeed.


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