|the gang, waiting to light the luminaries
|G and D
As it turned out, however, there was a good showing. Lots of our favourite people were there, and everyone was happy to see each other. There really was no drama to speak of, so the air of tension gradually lifted and we all got on with the night.
Like I said, I wasn't at last year's event. From what I heard, it was very raw and poignant. Lots of tears and emotions. Remember, Kit had only been gone a couple of months at that point, so wounds were still wide open.
|Bastian in his Grandpa shirt
I did my first lap and a half with Aunt Nadine. I adore her. We held hands, oh so very tight, and chatted and caught up on things. She is always so interested in my kids, Sebastian in particular. She has her own struggles, but she was so sharp and wonderful that night, I was honoured to have spent the time with her.
Dawn and I did more laps through the night. Sometimes we had the chiclets with us, most times we didn't. Dawn and I always talk. So, we did what we do best. We remembered, and discussed and gossiped and bitched. We planned and laughed and bitched some more.
Geoff and I did a few laps together. But mostly we walked separate. I know that this is his chance to catch up with his family. He wants to walk with his Uncle Terry, and his Aunts. He wanted to have time to himself, just his music in his ears and his thoughts in his head. I let him do what he needed to do.
|Me and Bastian, chillin' in the tent
|Kit and Rusty's luminaries
Who was Snaggle tooth again??
|goofing off, being bad
|enjoying the tent, they really didn't leave much after this
We paid a visit to Geoff's Aunt Lana and Tom the next day. It was a lovely visit, bitter sweet at times, but we always love to see Lana. And even though we woke her up (we did wait 2 whole hours, until 8am to finally knock on her door!) she was gracious and inviting.
After that, we went to visit Geoff's grandma. We haven't always been as diligent in the past about visiting as we should be. Sometimes it's hard, since she isn't always the nicest person in the world to spend time with. I don't mean to be mean by saying that, it's just true.
However, this day and this visit was LOVELY. She was gracious and kind and was great with the kids. Even though they were both exhausted and a little on edge, she handled them with grace and ease. We got some lovely photos of everyone together. The home where she lives was hosting a strawberry social, so we all got strawberry shortcake as well. The visit was nice enough that I know we will visit again the next time we are down that way, and that it made me feel incredibly guilty for not visiting more.
Yes, Sebastian is wrapped in his blanket. No one even looked twice.
|Grandma, Geoff and Sawyer
|Grandma and Geoff.
Sawyer took this, and it's a beautiful picture
|Sawyer and Grandma
|Sebastian (a little nervous), Dawn and Grandma
All in all, it was a nice weekend. Exhausting and draining, but nice. I don't know what's happening in the future with the Relay. It will likely fall by the wayside, like so many other things and eventually be forgotten. Not the intent behind it, or any of the emotions, but the event itself. It's a shame really. But, that's life, I guess.
Anyway, I was glad I could participate this year. Kit, I know you were watching, and wondering and probably shaking your head a a bit. But I am sure you smiled a little as well.
The N stands for "not too bad, in spite of it all".