Nephew Luke is 19 years old today.
This photo is from his birthday trip with me 18 months ago, at Niagara Falls.
So apparently yesterday was Gay Uncles Day.
My friend Ken reminded me that we should be receiving cards and gifts from our nieces and nephews. (Alas . . . .)
So in honor, here’s photos of me with the blood relative (for I have numerous adopted) nieces and nephews over the years, and some photos I’ve taken of them:
I made a quick dash this week to Lee’s Summit, more of which later. But I had to share these photos of me with Luke (18) and Joe (13), Beth’s two boys.
After Webster University Commencement, I flew (literally) across the state to see my family, gathered in one place for the first time since my father’s funeral seventeen months ago.
All three of Richard & Marie’s children were there, along with the five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The occasion was a celebration of Luke’s 18 years, and his graduation from high school.
Easter IV was celebrated at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (AKA Smokey Mary’s), where I sat by and sang with Leona Schaefer, with my long-time acquaintance Geoffrey Wilcken at the organ, and my colleague Tony Maglione leading the choir. The liturgy was perfect!
Nephew Luke wanted to go, so we did.
We solved the mysteries, and enjoyed the experience very much indeed!
I’d urge anyone visiting Toronto to consider the Casa Loma Escape Series.
Look for us at left in this photo.
Photos of me and of Luke, and of Tesla . . . .
And of the waterfalls themselves, plus our guide feeding a squirrel . . . .
The stunning, overwhelming, terrible, heart-cramping beauty of Niagara Falls rendered me speechless today as we sailed into the mist of the Horseshoe Falls.
My face was wet from the spray, and from the tears I was shedding.
Nature is so powerful, so glorious, and so awe-filling.
Nephew Luke and I had a four-hour tour that included the Maid of the Mist, a walk on the shore just feet from the falls themselves, and multiple sight-seeing stops.
Nephew Luke is finally getting his 18-month-delayed 16th-birthday trip.
He wanted to see Niagara Falls.
So we are in Canada for part of a week!
From a walk on the riverside promenade on Sunday evening:
The niece and nephews were around and about on Friday.