This past weekend the three Rennie siblings got together for the first time in 19 years! It was also the first visit I had with my brother Richard in 14 years! My Sister Carol came up from Alexandria, VA and my brother Richard and his wife Terry came east from San Diego, and Kate and Kenny came down from Massachusetts. The only thing missing was my daughter Carolyn but she is in finals and couldn’t leave Ithaca. She will get home before Richard goes back to CA and she is planning a trip to DC to see Aunt Carol, but it would have been nice to have her here with everyone. Rich and Terry couldn’t bring their daughters Karla and Amanda either. Hopefully with 4 daughters one of them, at least, is bound to get married at some point so maybe we can get everyone together then!
Needless to say, there was a lot of eating and drinking going on. Meg made a couple of my mothers traditional family dishes – her cheesecake and brisket! Rich and Carol also got to see my treatments and what all is involved with setting up the machine as well as putting in the needles and then the boredom that sets in while I sit and bleed into a tube for 3 1/4 hours.
Kate, Kenny & Carol had to head back for work on Monday but the rest of got to visit for the week. We did a trip to New Haven so Richard could tour his Alma Mater, Southern CT! He started there as a freshman in 1965 and boy has it changed since then. We also stopped for lunch at Katz’s Deli near the Southern Campus! Pastrami is not on the Renal Diet but Rich enjoyed some! Tuesday took us for a trip down memory lane with a visit to Greenwich! We visited our parents graves, went by Connecticut Ave and saw our old house (it’s Pink Now!). For lunch we had a picnic in Bruce Park (which hasn’t changed at all!) with sandwiches from Greenwich Prime Meats – the old Maneros Butchers! We also drove by Grass Island where we used to have our boat mooring – Grass Island also hasn’t changed much! We went by the old high school Rich went to, then drove down Greenwich Ave, which has changed a lot and then drove the Post Road to Riverside and then on 95 and headed back to Shelton. Greenwich certainly has changed since we lived there.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait 19 years for another family get together!