Sunday noon, Lauren and I picked Dad up for First Baptist Church of Seattle's Christmas concert. Our extended family took up a pew and a half. Caroline and Steve met Dad at the side door of the church. It is always a slow process for Dad to get out of the car, find himself stable with his walker, move up the ramp into the church and then make his way to the fourth pew at the far left of the sanctuary. Charlie and Lulu Bell were there and Kate and Laura arrived as I introduced myself to a young couple sitting directly behind us.
I said, "We're all family. Four generations." As if that would be explanation for the whispering and constant motion of two little girls. I noticed at some point during the concert, they'd left for other seating. Lauren and Lulu were sweet as they followed the three hymns we sang together.
Neither of my daughters and their families go to church, so it's strange and new for the kids. Lauren told me she'd like to go to church, so I said, "When you are a bit older, your mom can drive and drop you off." Heavens know where that suggestion will take her. These grandchildren of mine need to know more about churchgoing. They need some familiarity with hymns and Bible verses for life context, if nothing else.
Dad and I did agree on the drive back to his place, that Mom's choirs sang these carols with more joy, clarity and lightness than this choir. Mom's choirs had that unique Robert Shaw sound.
On Tuesday morning, I visited Dad, but as he kept dozing off, I left for Target to buy gift certificates for his caregivers. Then stayed with Kelan, who was home from school with a slight fever and aftermath of a fall and a hard hit on the side of his head. No concussion. Jeanne was away teaching her pre-school class. At 3:00, Kelan accompanied me to pick up Lauren at their elementary school. Then I had a harried time locating the house key which had detached from the car keys. Home at 4:00, I said adios to everyone, fell into my bed and slept hard for three hours.
After 5:00 I headed to Charlie's wrestling practice - pictures not downloaded yet. Tomorrow morning, I'll go with Lulu to an adult home near their school, where her kindergarten class all have 'gran-pals'. To be sure, there will be photos of Lulu and her gran-pal.
This is my Seattle. Family is wonderful, yet I am very happy to have this comfortable little guest room for retreat. Need to begin gift wrapping soon. Still have a gifts to buy. It's been years since I've been organized for Christmas.