Papa, Mimi, Alec, Piano.

Wow. Just wow. I unexpectedly ran across this photo this morning and, of course, it caught me off guard.  

Not exactly sure when this was. I think it was my mom’s birthday. At Sue and Dwight’s house. Must have been 15 or 16 years ago.

As a gift, Alec had written a song called, “They Just Don’t Make Mimis Like This Anymore.”  I would describe it as a rollicking barroom polka and the 20 of us all quickly picked up on the verse, singing along. Then someone pulled out an old song book and Alec played several memorable tunes on request. My folks begin to sing to each other. Something I don’t think I had ever seen before.

Here’s the point. Over the years, Mom and Dad (aka Papa and Mimi) went to a ton of games, concerts, plays, award ceremonies, and so on. They even went to a downtown bar where Alec’s rock band played pretty loudly.

Because they showed up for the kids and grandkids, Alec and his siblings and cousins all showed up for them. 

As I type this, I’m sitting here weeping. Missing my parents. And so grateful for Alec and my entire family.

The lesson? Keep showing up. Be there for your family and friends. It all comes around.


This story isn’t from my book, Hooray for Grandparents!  But it could have been.

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