This year, partly because of my leaving soon, again, and the fact that many of the family will be at other places, my aunt, Juanita, decided to have the Christmas gathering in November, before Thanksgiving. I drove my mom and my brother Bill and met my other brothers, Mike and Chris there. My niece, May, along with her husband, Bobby, and their son, Jack, and little 'Peanut' were there too. Even my niece, Lauren, from university showed up. Of my other aunts, uncles and cousins, there were too many to keep track of. [smile]
|My uncle Willie, my mom, and my brother, with his daughter.|
And way too much food.
Many I hadn't see since my last time back in Kansas City two years before. Seemed word had gotten out that I was leaving soon, but everyone still asked questions. "Why?" "What's it like there?" and "When are you coming back?" To that last one, I couldn't really say. I will probably work till September to finish the school year, but after that, I'm just not sure.
I could have stayed all day, but probably would have eaten way, way too much more. I've said goodbye to my extended family so many times, it seems just like something I do - always say "goodbye." I guess that's my karma.
|My mom, Shirlene, with my brother, Mike, and his daughter, Lauren.|