We had a big family dinner in connection with the memorial for Wayne's mom. It wasn't elaborate but then we're not really into elaborate affairs. We brought in barbecue, ordered a cake and put the focus on time with family. Just what Pansy would have wanted.
We saw this as a chance to celebrate her life and ordered the cake to be inscribed with the words "Arnall Memories," figuring there would be plenty of reminiscing as family members gathered for the day. And there was. When the guys picked up the cake, however, it said "Arnall Momories." The cake decorator either was a poor speller or was inattentive when she piped the word as despite the guys' claims that it could be an e, it was clearly an o. Or maybe it was a message from the universe reminding us that the memories we were celebrating all centered on Mom.
It was a great chance for some generational photos...like this one of Wayne's dad with two of his great-grandchildren. I wish I had been more diligent in organizing all the families for photos but that didn't happen.
I did snap this picture of Wayne with his dad and two of his brothers. The third one was unable to make the trip because of health issues but they talked with him by phone. I was having to guess at the settings as the preview and all the buttons on the back of my camera have stopped working. The exposure on the first picture was good but it didn't work as well on the second one. A trip to the camera store in Atlanta (or the post office to ship the camera to Nikon) is clearly in my future.
I brought a box of really old photos that originally came from Wayne's grandparent's house in the hopes that some of the family members might be able to help identify the people in them. We're talking really old photos, like late 1800s and early 1900s. They're such treasures but only a few of them have names. Sadly, we didn't uncover any new names this time but I haven't given up. And quite a few family members were intrigued by the pictures of people who are identified.
It was a day set aside for family...and some great momories.