Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Word About Family

I had the opportunity to visit with my nieces and nephew before my foray with The Leaders of The Free World commenced. They had Mexican food with me. I meant to take a picture of those fresh, hand made flour tortillas but was too busy soaking them up, along with soaking up the company of these three lovely young people.

Nick and Amanda are the bookends in this photo. They are my soul surviving brother's kids. Nick is an exceptionally smart, poetic, prolific writer and openly gay in spite of the fact that he lives in a place where gay is not well tolerated.  He has suffered at the hands of ignorance and prejudice but continues to make his way in this world, surviving with his wits and strength. He has a heart as big as an Oklahoma chicken fried steak and is honest beyond measure.  One day I hope he will allow me to share some of his writings with you.

Amanda is centered and ambitious. She is cramming her schooling in so fast, she does nothing but eat, sleep and homework. She will graduate with her RN next May. I couldn't be more happy about that because I've seen good nurses and bad nurses. The medical profession will be blessed to have her. My brother has always called her "little Angie" because she reminds him so much of me - especially when you get on her bad side. I like that. She stands up for herself, makes her own decisions and is carefully designing the life she wishes to lead. I love her boyfriend as well. What a cool guy and an extraordinary guitar player. They are so good together, it makes my heart sing.

That soulful-eyed beauty sitting next to me is Lacey. Her dad was my oldest brother. She has been surviving pretty much on her own for a long time now. She is 24 and has two rambunctious yet extremely smart and loving sons. She works hard to make a home for them along with her beau. She struggles with cars breaking down and utility bills but she will always find a way to come out on top. She knows she is living a crazy life with lots of stories to tell. I'm going to design a blog template and send it to her as I think she may be the next big thing to hit the blogosphere.

Her sister, Meghan couldn't make it. I missed seeing her. She is tiny, delicate and sweet with the biggest eyes you have ever seen. She was a daddy's girl. I know she continues to suffer, trying to make sense of a senseless loss. But I also know she has chosen to live a healthy life when she could have just as easily turned to addiction to ease the pain.

Here's another photo of the girls. I had one more shot of Nick but promised him I wouldn't publish it. If he were straight, I would have done it anyway but I would never expose a gay man who felt he was having a bad hair day - well, except for the one above because his hair looks good there.

I am so proud of these kids. I just can't stand it. Here is my favorite Celtic prayer for you. It is a part of your heritage. Just imagine some bagpipes playing in the background as you read it.

 Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the son of peace to you.

 Peace and love, my angels.


  1. Souful-eyed Beauty hahJuly 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    haha that was pretty awesome aunt ang =)

  2. You have a beautiful family! Keep them close!

  3. Oh my--I love that prayer as well. I first ran into it on Iona in Scotland, an ancient place of thin air. You have a beautiful family.

  4. Lacey - I am so happy you liked it. That's what I'm going to call you from now on - soulful-eyed beauty.

    Missy - Yes they are beautiful indeed. Thanks for reminding me to keep them close.

    HIF - I toured Scotland two years ago and discovered that prayer there as well. Our family comes from the Macdonald clan in the highlands. I love the description, "ancient place of thin air" - so entirely true.


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