Life is made up of blocks of time and, like a jigsaw puzzle, each block is made up of smaller pieces. No monumental happenings in these last few blocks, but each piece comes together to form the big picture.
On September 24, our grandson Ben left for basic training in San Antonio. The man primarily responsible for Ben’s choice of the Air National Guard was Louis Locke, from our Friends church here in Wichita.
While Ben towers over me and is 19 years old, he’s still a boy in Granne’s eyes, but in a few weeks, the boy we prayed with before he left and placed in God’s hands will return a man ready for the commitment he has made to serve our country.
We are now fully moved into our new home for the road, new residential refrigerator installed and living room furniture in place. This tour starts at the front door.
So far, so good. We are comfortable in our new ride and I really enjoy having a residential refrigerator again. It has so much more room and is so much more accessible with a bottom freezer. A new, taller toilet in the bathroom is one of the next things on the agenda.
A week ago we went to Tecumseh, KS to the annual Melton Family Reunion. These reunions celebrate the family now spanning many generations from my great-grandparents, Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth McDonald Melton. The first reunion, I think, was held in 1938. By comparison to the first reunions I remember in the 1950s, this one was pretty small and we discussed what we might do to spark more interest. None of us are getting any younger, but we think it is still important to pass on this family legacy! One of the things in the works is a Facebook page for just this leg of the Melton family as well as holding the reunion at a time when younger families might be available. We decided that next year’s event will be held in July, while school is not in session. Since the building in Tecumseh is air conditioned, the weather should not be a problem. We also made the decision that, going forward, the reunion will be held in even years only instead of every year. Maybe with a few tweaks, the history will still be passed on.
The last time I wrote, my right eye surgery was in doubt. However, my surgeon decided that it should be done and I had that surgery on Friday. It seems odd not to wear glasses all the time! We’re still doing all the unceasing drops for both eyes for a while, but at least surgery itself is out of the way.
Fall weather is trying to get through, although I’d prefer to wait on the really cold stuff. We can’t leave for Yuma until just before Thanksgiving!