Since Charley joined the Air Force right out of college he has been home with us for one Christmas; one Christmas in over ten years that the cousins were all together…and it was recorded with the snap of a camera.
Last Thanksgiving M was gone with the MSU marching band performing in Florida and she asked “did I get my name on a sign?” I replied that we reserve that method of record for Christmas only. (We've never had to do two names on signs before and honestly that might have really set in the feeling of absence.)
Until Father’s Day.Charley moved home last weekend! Okay, well not home but as close to home as he has been in the last decade plus. When you are stationed four hours from St. Louis we are going to go ahead and call it “home.” Which called for a change of rules. We weren't just snapping that famous cousin picture at Christmas only because it is so rare that AF pilot Major Charley is ever pictured with the cousins. And so our family gathering of celebrating fathers called for the only photograph I took the whole day. Oh ya, and a name change on the sign.
Charley said "for once it isn't my name on the sign!"
Nope that would be upstate New York Maddi's name on the sign this go-round.
Let's cross our fingers that we can repeat Christmas 2011 and photograph the six cousins together once again.
I'm feeling very hopeful.