Thanksgiving is a Tradition, we go home to Michigan. We missed last year as Lyn was too sick to travel and now she is gone. I felt a need to face it head on and go home for the Holiday, knowing it would have “moments”. Let me say, the “moments” were there but overall it was a good trip and I am so glad that I faced it and went.
I left on Sunday and drove through to Lexington where I stopped for the night. I had hoped to get closer to Cincinnati but I was feeling tired and knew it was time. Earlier in the day, stopped around Knoxville to see my old friend from NH, Frank Emiro. Really nice to take a break and catch up with him.
Overall, did ok on day 1, until until I parked my bottom in the room for the night. The emotions started.. I really alone and someone “empty”. Not sleeping well, I got an early start on Monday. Monday’s drive went well in spite of hitting some snow around Dayton. Stopped in a rest area to stretch and then continued.
I drove out of the snow fairly quickly and had reasonably fair sailing the rest of the way in. I checked in at the motel and they actually had a room ready early so I was able to check in around noon. I basically relaxed the rest of the day.
Tuesday I drove around a bit, visited the old neighborhood, had breakfast at Rams Horn on Telegraph then visited David in his store on Van Born. We had a really nice visit, just the 2 of us and I hung out there till 4:00 when I headed back to the room. My daughter Sharon and Ashley stopped by and we went to dinner at a nice Mexican Restaurant. I had a Burrito San Marcos, ironic as Lyn was born and raised in San Marcos. I saw that and I had to order it! By the way, there was fresh snow when I got up that morning!! (and of course no scraper)
Wednesday I drove out to my sisters place, visited with her, Paul and Grace while they made pies. We had a nice visit and reminisced about old times and looked at old photo’s. It was nice to get some quality time with her, usually it is in a larger group… When I finished up I drove back to the Motel with plans for dinner with Inmans and Labelles. Just before arriving back, got a text from Pat Inman that they had arrived (they were staying in the same motel). Right after, the sun was in my eyes and I lowered the visor and saw Lyn’s picture on the Funeral Memorial. I kept one in the visor. Now it was a “moment” as I thought how Inmans could not attend so I would stop at their room, say hi and give that to her. I broke out crying, realizing this is the 1st time in all these years of visiting that I will greet Pat & Don without Lyn… one of my hardest moments of the trip.
We finished the evening with a really nice dinner and visit with them and Tom and April. Tom lost his wife 5 years ago and recently re-married. Nice to visit with her and all the others.
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day! Went to breakfast with the Inmans at our old haunt Rams Horn on Wayne Road, forgot all about that place. Then headed out for Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by my sister. It was at the clubhouse at her condo and worked out real well, we watched the Lions lose… visited relatives and had a great meal, Ham, Turkey and all the fixins. We had like 16 folks there so it was really good… I enjoyed it very much… though it was the first ever without Lyn. All the family made it good…
Friday breakfast with Inmans at one of their old haunts that we usually visit when in town. Then I went and spent the afternoon out to Joes. We had a nice visit, watching some football and the Tiger Phil match.
Saturday was a big day, very busy!! In the morning, we had our Annual gathering of Ex-Hydromation Employees. We all worked together until the company closed in 1989. 14 folks showed up which I thought was pretty good. Maybe we can get a few more next year! It was really nice seeing everyone…
Next we had our annual family lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. Had 14 show up here too! We had a nice meal and each year we watch the Mich – OH State game. This is always a good gathering.
We finished the day by heading over to Sharon’s place to visit. Had a nice time hear with her and Rick and all the kids were here too. Then it was back to the room to rest… 🙂
Sunday was our Cousins Lunch over at the Henahan’s House. Thanks to Nancy and Pat for hosting this event.. we decided we needed to do this after my brother Tom died and we realized we only saw each other at Funerals.
I returned to the room and finished packing. I took a nap as I decided I was leaving tonight (Sunday) and driving straight through to avoid the snow storm moving in Monday. Getting on the road a bit after 11pm, I made it home by 4:30 afternoon on Monday. That was one Long Drive!