Sorry it has been such a long time since I’ve written. It seems that once I got out of the daily habit, I stopped writing altogether. At some point I also had to get back to my family and career because daily blog posts took a lot of time.
Left – A shot of David opening a present at Christmas. He looks three and a half years old. That’s me (John) in the background, about one and half, and my sister (Cathryn) to the right (almost five years old).
It never ceases to amaze me about what a terrible thing it was that happened over the summer. I think about them every day and find myself comparing everything to them. For example, if I come across something that I wrote before July, I want to go back and tell myself, “Hey, this was a time when you could have dropped everything and gone to see them.” I really miss them and it still hasn’t sunk in – everything that has happened.
Sometimes, I would only see them twice a year, and definitely not at Christmas time. They were always on a trip. I think resorts offer steep discounts (for the holidays) and so David would always try to take advantage of that by taking a group or taking his family. Because they were always gone at Christmas, this has been a normal holiday, although Thanksgiving was hard.
I remember many years ago, when Luke was 6 and we were having Thanksgiving at my parents house. I wanted to do Luke a favor by helping serve him food, but he got mad at me and started crying, “I wanted to do it myself!” I tried to tell him that I was just being polite by helping him – he sort of bought it, but he still wanted to get his own food. He was very independent!
Do any of you have memories of the Houghton family to share?