RDP # 49 – WELCOME
(Old English wilcuma ‘a person whose coming is pleasing,’ wilcumian (verb), from wil- ‘desire, pleasure’ + cuman ‘come’ The first element was later changed to wel- ‘well,’ influenced by Old French bien venu or Old Norse velkominn .)
This month, I’ve had pleasure of saying welcome to my son and his family who live in Germany. We haven’t seen them in 2 1/2 years. While they were here for two weeks, Janan and Victoria (daughter-in-law and granddaughter) pretty much took over my kitchen and I’ve been completely spoiled. Doesn’t happen often, so it was a real pleasure.
They left here to celebrate Janan’s parents’ 50th anniversary, and they all came back on Tuesday night, late. Yesterday, my grandson Kyle, who lives in South Dakota, flew in to Philly and spent the evening and overnight with his cousins. He and my son Mike will be flying to Germany later today. Uncle Mike is treating him to a month touring Germany, France, and other points of special historic interest. Kyle loves history, so he’s all excited. This is Mike’s graduation gift to his nephew, and I think it’s pretty awesome.
Last night, my daughter and her husband came up to say hello and goodbye, so our little house was packed full–especially with their little dog Andy, who loves everyone and has a hard time making up his mind which of us gets the honor of his presence.
Missing from the party were Ken and Sheila, Kyle’s parents, with their other two kids; and Dan and Maria who have moved to England; as well, Deb and Aaron’s kids were committed to helping in a Vacation Bible School and couldn’t be with us. I don’t know where we would have put them all, but we’d have figured out something 🙂
I love having all my family together. It’s rare these days, so every moment is treasured.