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That was fun! Just hanging with my brothers and sisters for an afternoon after not being altogether for three years.

I feel so lucky to have siblings who all get along and seamlessly enjoy time together regardless of how many months might pass between visits. Yesterday included plenty of laughs over memories of our shared childhood experiences, including some details we don’t all agree on. Honestly, one thing that I’m becoming more certain about as I age is that I am not certain about any precise details conjured in my memories.

No matter how clear my memory of past events seems, it is only fair to qualify them as my vague recollections.

With some luck, the date we picked for a summer weekend gathering will work for all our extended families and we can have a larger span of time together for sharing stories. The hours we were together yesterday only scratched the surface of catching up with each person.

In the same way that time seems to fly by when you are having fun, it also can sail away from you when you aren’t paying attention. In a blink, years can pass between sibling get-togethers. Throw in a pandemic to wipe out another big chunk of time and it makes it hard to remember the last gathering.

That’s too long between visits for a family that is so much fun to be around. Here’s hoping we can work on improving that in the future.



Written by johnwhays

February 6, 2023 at 6:00 am

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  1. Wonderful! I am an only child so I have to settle for substitute siblings.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    February 6, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    • It’s hard for me to imagine what it is like to be an only child.


      February 6, 2023 at 10:38 pm

  2. Looking great all of you!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 6, 2023 at 11:45 am

  3. I totally agree and look forward to August!


    February 6, 2023 at 7:23 am

    • We agreed on a date even!


      February 6, 2023 at 6:01 pm

      • It was so wonderful to see your family (of the siblings) together) on this picture and everyone looks absolutely Wonderful. I hope you all plan on doing this again often and maybe even invite old lady Mother-law to join you.

        Catherine Marie Friswold

        February 6, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      • Thank you! Maybe we should plan a gathering of my siblings in Florida!


        February 6, 2023 at 10:39 pm

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