Family /Friends Relationships

We’re having company from Georgia … Two of  Bobby’s sisters… His immediate family has dwindled to three sisters and himself… Total of 4…When we first met there were his Mother, 5 sisters, 3 brothers and himself… I, myself, have a sister and a brother  today…I had Mom and Dad, 2 sisters and two brothers… Now a total of 3… Of course 42 years has passed…Not to say our family’s haven’t grown …We’ve added in-laws, nieces, nephews and grandchildren… But, there has been so many changes… I love Bobby’s family…especially the sisters… We’ve remained very close…Visiting as much as possible …So happy to talk to each other and keep in touch … His family has become mine and mine his… I feel very fortunate with my situation… the combination worked… We will have lots of fun when the sisters get here…We’ve made plans to go to several places…but, what I love best…is just sitting and talking to them … They have memories …we have memories …and sharing all of them is like all are with us just as it was 42 years ago… Thank goodness for family!

“My Kids!”…

I ran into another of my previous students in Wal-Mart  yesterday… I knew her Grandmother before Tonya was even born…She was my  lady… When she came by the house…we sat and had coffee  and talked for an hour or so… We became friends… her daughter was expecting a baby girl …first grandchild… so special…And that she was!… I had started working with Special Ed  children by then… She asked me to come out to the car one day and see her precious granddaughter… I knew immediately there was something different about Tonya…I wasn’t an expert by no means…but, just knew…Later she asked me what I thought…She had seen it and I just verified her feelings…Tonya was tested and was found to have a mental disability … And as things happen, at the age of 10 she was enrolled in our classroom at TJMS… We were so surprised… Since we had such a connection… had formed a bond… Tonya is now graduated from school…living with her Mom… and so very close to her Grandma … She is their life… Tonya recognized me but, was shy …has some gray in her hair…unimaginable to me that she is as old as she is…around 35 I would say… I know so much about this family and what their life has entailed… Another combination of relationships that have worked … Thank goodness for this extra addition to my family!

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