This past weekend I went on a (very) short trip out to British Columbia to visit with my Dad's side of the family. I have aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents and a great grandmother all living out there, and it was wonderful to see them all again. The purpose of our gathering was a little sad - my Great Grandma Gall is in the hospital and was not doing too well. Although she is being released sometime this week, she isn't yet able to care for herself again, which means she may have to spend some time convalescing in an assisted living home. It will be difficult for her, as her body slowly gives out but her mind remains sharp.
She will be 89 years old in November - November 9th, in fact. She and Caleb share the same birthday! I have had the great fortune to have many grandparents alive for most of my life. When Colin was born, he had 13 grandparents!
It's amazing to think of the generations and eras that my family spans. I get to hear snatches of what their lives were like in past years, but certainly not in enough depth to satisfy my curiosity. What a wonderful treat it would be to leaf through old journals of relatives, discovering their thoughts about events in their lives, seeing them evolve over time as they grew. It makes me excited to leave my own musings for a great great granddaughter to read one day.