Monday, September 25, 2006

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Parker has three cousins, two aunts and two uncles on my side of the family. At just over eight months of age, he had yet to meet his cousins and since his first week of life he had never been held by his aunts nor his uncles.

Before Parker was born, every Sunday evening my whole family would congregate at my parents home where my mother would make enough food to feed an army of the hungriest soldiers. During a very busy week, it was the only time that we could guarantee that we would all get to spend some quality time together. My sister and brother would bring over their children and we would all eat and discuss everything that had been happening in our lives over the past week.

Since Parker was diagnosed with this disease our visits to my parents on Sunday evenings have been extremely infrequent and to an extent non-existent. When we do go, our visits are short and our contact with our nephews consist of us talking to them from several feet away. When we do attend a family gathering, we unfortunately have to leave our son at home with his Nana and Granddad so that he remain in a controlled germ-free environment.

Yesterday, we decided to drop by the weekly gathering at my parents home with Parker to grab some food for ourselves that we may take home to eat. When we arrived, I quickly made my way into the house to get food for the two of us as my wife and my son stayed inside the car. When I informed my family that their nephew was in the car, they gathered up Parker's cousins and went outside to see him. When I finished getting our dinner, I went outside to witness the following. Parker's cousins were crawling over our car so that they could get a better view of my son through one of the windows. As I stood there on the veranda watching my family interact with my son in this manner I was reminded of what is truly important in life.


nonna said...

Hey Parker

Its been awhile since Nonna and Nonno have written in your Blog, but today I needed to tell you from a Nonna's point of view what great joy it was to have ALL my family together even if it was from the outside looking in.

Stay Strong Big Guy!

Love you tons

Nonno & Nonna

Uncle Mikey said...

Dear Parky,
It was great to finally see you in person! It has been too long since we saw you last in the summertime. You are such a looker! And, sooooo big! It's nice to see you looking so healthy and happy. You are such a happy little boy and patient too! Love you lots and miss you so much.
Auntie Christini, Uncle Mikey and Cousin Jacob xoxoxoxoxoxo

Natalie said...

Parker Pants! exciting it must have been to see your Aunts, Uncles, and cousins in person! What a fabulous picture! I wish that I could have seen the look on your face as all of the people who love you so much were looking in on you!

Lots of love little one!
Auntie Natalie xoxox