This picture is from the Pool Area of the French Lick hotel. The West Baden hotel (which back in the day of Al Capone was the fancier of the two hotels was not restored at the time of this photo. It is now, and it is famous for the rotunda.)
The first question other than who is in the picture has to be which is bigger boy or ice cream cone?
The answer is Matthew Misner. He is larger than the ice cream cone of then now, but then wasn’t larger than the ice cream cone he was eating there pool side. We were still living in Cincinnati at the time of this trip. We traversed across Indiana to get to French Lick Indiana.
We were always mom and dad’s far away kids. Every family has them, the kid that moves off far away from everyone else and you only see them on the holidays. Doesn’t change the family feelings, just the time spent sharing them.
Another big family event my little sister (much much younger I’ve been told sister) graduating from college I believe. Dad wearing the full professor regalia so that he could walk with Barb. I never really walked for my graduation instead preferring to slip off into the night. I didn’t really love college in the end. I just wanted to finish my degree and move on to the next adventure. I guess I robbed dad of a chance to walk with me in graduation so that was probably in the end not very nice of me. Ok it was kind of selfish of me.
But to quote a great line from the movie Look Whose talking, “I was going through a selfish phase” I hadn’t raised my children yet and needed some me time. I do however regret not walking now just because of the look on dad’s face in this picture. Sometimes you have to look backward to realize the impact you had. Barbara however did walk and he did get to walk with his youngest.
Funny in the end – but a wonderful picture of the two of them together.
Becca was mom and dad’s first grandchild. Here is a picture of her Christmas morning. Mom and dad welcomed Becca with open arms to the family. For a time (about 8 months) she was the only grandchild. Then Matt came on the scene and 8 months after Matt was Jakki. By Christmas of 1992 there were three grandchildren, Barb and I had moved to Cincinnati and that Christmas at the farm was magical.
There was something unique and special about that first Christmas with Becca though. The first one with a small child at our house in many years. We had all become adults by the time Becca joined our Christmas. It was magical to be able to share the family traditions with her. To laugh and see things again through a child’s eye. She made that first Christmas she was with us in 1991 magical.
Every Christmas with Becca, then Matt and Jakki, then Megan. then Courtney and last Da Boys has been unique and magical as well. It was nice very special that first time a child’s glee returned to our Christmas celebration.