Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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Three years ago.

The crest of a hill down to a frozen pond that was part of the family home and land Jim nurtured.  At the left is one of three antique blue-green sheds which were settled on a slope in closely descending order of size (somewhat like the three children we had when we moved in).

The sturdy out-buildings were filled with the detritus of family life: outdoor games; sports equipment, including the soccer nets Jim built with the boys; the red tractor that appeared one day on a flatbed truck (“Um, I don’t remember ordering a tractor” I said to the delivery man who was asking for a check.  Jim forgot to mention the acquisition.).

An entire section of the largest shed was devoted to winter, including ice-skating and hockey equipment for those rare, perfect days when the pond would freeze glassy and smooth and a flash of gliding fish underneath the thick ice would thrill us.

It was the home where our children spent most of their school years, and the home where Jim died.

Three years ago, three generations of our family gathered on the hill, covered with a good foot-and-a-half of fresh snow.    Smaller cousins (and one of their moms) bore animal-shaped knitted mittens.  Jim trudged out with folding chairs so his parents could watch their children and grandchildren.  Older children took charge of younger ones.  The non-risk-averse built jumps and sailed over them, thunking upside-down in the snow in a spray of ice-blue nuggets and laughing to break the blanketing winter silence.

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Many of us knew in a way that it would be the last time Jim was well enough even for such an outing at home.  

I’m certain Jim didn’t think of it that way, as he enjoyed every minute outside with his family.

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About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like evidentiary issues, jury instructions, expert witnesses, and forensic evidence. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2016 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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16 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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  2. Beautiful, poignant interpretation for the challenge. May these memories bring comfort.

  3. LFFL says:

    Lovely pictures. What a pretty sky.

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  5. What wonderful memories.

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  8. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely and poignant – I think Alexandria said it beautifully.

  9. scillagrace says:

    Sounds like a great time!

  10. Amy says:

    These beautiful family photos reflect the joyful times Jim had with with his family.

  11. Denise Glennon says:

    Beautiful, and precious family memories.

  12. What a handsome, kind looking man looking at the camera with so much love. It must be you behind the lens.

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  14. randee says:

    I feel as if I was invited, a part of your family. Beautifully written.

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