Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" - From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Poppop & Rachel

Dad and I had an early breakfast at the motel this morning, then we headed off to visit with Kathleen, Daniel, and Rachel. Kathleen's husband, Tim had to work today, but we got to see him later, at dinner.

First things first: lots of hugs!
It was a wonderful day! While Kathleen and I chatted away about all kinds of things, and shared family stories, Daniel, who is graduating from high school in May and headed for college in the fall, was also there, listening intently to the family stories, and sharing a few of his own. What an incredible young man he is! Tall, and handsome, and full of the excellent qualities every young man should possess.

Combing Poppop's hair

While all this conversation was going on, Dad got a word or two in, but he was being completely monopolized by little Miss Rachel! She couldn't get enough of him today, and likewise, he couldn't get enough of her! I was really enjoying the conversation with Kathleen and Daniel, but I was quietly in awe of what I saw going on between my dad and Rachel.

Great-grandfather, and great-granddaughter! Rachel hasn't seen Dad since she was three, but evidently he left an impression, because we were told she kept asking for him to come back, and was excited to know we were coming this week! She ran out the door when we arrived, and ran right up to Dad!

Later, we all headed into Sanford for lunch at Mrs. Lacy's Magnolia House Tea Room, a favorite Rachel spot! I highly recommend it if you're ever in Sanford, North Carolina. It's quaint and charming, and the food is classy and delicious!

Lunch at Mrs. Lacy's was quite the event! Again, it was Rachel and Poppop taking center stage as the rest of us just watched, marveled, and laughed.

Discussing crackers
At one point Rachel, full of youth and energy, and exuberance, leaped into the middle of the floor and started dancing and twirling, finishing with a dramatic drop to the floor. I'm telling you, Isadora Duncan would have given Rachel a standing ovation!
Lemon tasting time!

Back at the motel this afternoon, Dad told me that Rachel asked him about having no teeth. She wanted to know if he could eat and what he could eat. Dad told me she stopped and looked like she was really thinking about it for a few minutes, then she looked up at him and said, "Poppop, I love you anyway, even if you don't have teeth!"


Tea tasting time!
More "lovin' Poppop" time!

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