Should have been here earlier but, life, you know, it just gets in the way. We had a wedding in the family. A favorite neice (they're all favorites by the way) married a (I almost sounded like a grandmother for a minute since I was about to type - a darling boy) really nice guy. My husband's daughter arrived for the wedding and stayed for too short a time after that. Amazing how much you can miss someone. We wanted to pack as much as possible into her visit so the week after the wedding was a whirl of day trips and sight seeing and such. She had to leave before Father's Day and left me with the job of making sure Dad got his card first thing. I put it on the toilet seat since that is the first place he goes to when he gets up. This is only the second Father's Day they have had together and the card made him cry -- me too when I was with her and she picked it out.
Now we have a future visit from his son to plan, that will be in August. I have another favorite neice who is not related to the other neices except through my marriage. She is my oldest brother's girl and is about 10 years older than the oldest on my husband's side. She really wasn't part of my in-law's life since she was married and involved with her own in-laws and also lives some distance away. She is beginning to feel left out and I am not sure how to handle it. No one is deliberately omitting her but they don't know her. How do we make all the years gone by different? Don't think it can be done. I don't really know her in-laws either and they have many family things that I hear about but am not included in (thankfully). I try to talk about those things so she will recognize that we are connected but have closer inner circles that surround us. Sigh.
Life - see what I mean? There it is again and honestly, it is grand. Here's a picture of the centerpieces from the wedding. I took one home and it is as lovely as when we first saw it.