My oldest brother-in-law, Father Franz Jalics, S.J., is here in Ohio for a visit. He will be 85 in November, and before arriving in Ohio he was on a tour of giving retreats in Hungary, Germany, Belgium, France, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. And after that he stopped in San Francisco to see his sister Maria and her husband and other west coast relatives. I saw him in Hungary in May, but before that he had not been in Ohio since my niece Susie was married in August of 2006. Eight of the ten siblings are still alive and very well. The youngest is 70 years old.
My daughter Alice wanted to have a family get together and that happened yesterday. She was ready for rain and bad weather, but we were blessed with a day that was sunny and cool, way too much delicious food, and three generations enjoying time together. Lots of little kids to keep things lively! Five of the original ten brothers and sisters were here. Three couldn’t make it because they live in San Francisco, Germany and Hungary. I’m in the middle row (ok, there were two middle rows, I guess) and am wearing a light kerchief around my neck. My visiting bil is in the middle of the top row. His hair is white. His shirt is blue and he’s wearing a black sweater over it.
Alice was able to buy a lot of sunflowers from a farm just down the road and they certainly made the tables feel cheerful!