I arrived at my destination in Virginia on Thursday evening around 8:00 p.m. My daughter met me at the depot, and we had a very warm exchange. It’s been four years since our last visit together. We ended up staying up late, and sleeping in a little on Friday, before beginning our trek to eastern Maryland.
It’s 150 miles to my sister’s house and another several miles to my niece’s. The occasion of our visit was my niece’s wedding reception on Saturday and cookout on Sunday. It had also been four years since I’d seen them too.
For me, the connections between us all have become so much stronger as a result of this visit. This time I had more opportunity to become more acquainted with my nephews (brothers of the bride) and the bride’s husband, as well as my nephews’ life partners. I shared my jewelry making with the women, and they shared their jewelry making with me. My sister and niece-in-law make very ethereal-looking jewelry – necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in silver and gemstones. My sister gifted me with a silver spiral necklace that resembles a swan, and a pair of ‘gypsy’ earrings in silver. I gifted her with an amethyst necklace and matching earrings (purple being her favorite color.) What fun to share our ideas and skills through our creations!
The wedding reception took place at a lovely area known as Broome’s Island. It’s on the water that connects with the Chesapeake Bay. Although the temperature was approaching very warm, with a much higher level of humidity than I am accustomed to, the breezes managed to make the environment very comfortable.
We all took lots of photos. Someone took a shot of all the ‘paparazzi’ taking photos of the bride and groom cutting the cake…hilarious! Not only lots of photos but also lots of humor, playfulness, and laughter – it was a happy party!
I’m so glad I was able to share these wonderful moments with my family, and especially with those I hadn’t seen since they were much younger. At a certain time in the past there was tension in our relationships, and we didn’t see each other very often, or even call or email. Through the encouragement of my children, we have reconnected in a way that it would be impossible to be in that kind of place again. Thanks guys!