I think I could have spend the entire month writing about the celebrations of the special occasions that occur every year in June. It is a good thing we do not imbibe as we'd have barely seen a sober day! Haha! Our birthdays for the month started June 1st. My brother Gary turned 62 that day. My brother Steve is 65 today. That is who I planned to tell you about today.
But first let me at least give mention to some other great days this month just for the record, lest you think I'm kidding. On June 2nd, our youngest grandson Owen turned 7. June 4, was my cousin Chuck's 66th birthday, June 10th was our 35 baptismal anniversary, June 15th our 46th wedding anniversary and Father's Day, June 16th was our sister-in-law Emily's birthday and the baptismal anniversary of our cousin Stephen, June 23rd was our family sealing anniversary in the Oakland Temple 35 years ago, June 23rd my "new" cousin William turned 69, June 27th my cousin Bob turned 70 and today, June 29th my brother Steve is having a turn. Then let us not forget the graduates...Hazel graduated from Kindergarten, Ross from Elementary School, Connor from Junior High (all grandkids) and our great nephew Thomas from High School. So now you can see I wasn't kidding if we had been toasting each and every one of these events. Holy toledo!
Not only that but it doesn't lighten up for another week. July 2nd my birthday turning...well getting older. July 3rd Ross turns 12, July 4th we celebrate another year of Independence and Liberty and on July 6th Ross will be ordained as a Deacon. After that a pause for a little while.
Jim: "That is not a cake!"
Me: "Yes it is, Honey! It is a ribbon cake on
a vintage cake stand!"
Jim: "No way! That is a big pile of ham on a fancy dish."
Me: "Sigh..thought bubble....Men!" ;-)
The only times I remember feeling really scared as a child was during the Cuban Missile Crisis and when little Stevie got lost at the State Fair at age three...just as the sun was setting. We were not wealthy in anything but a good family and always had what we needed and often what we just plain wanted. We did not have a lot of clothes or stuff like our kids and grandkids do today. We didn't even know to want it I guess. It just wasn't the way things were then. Our parents struggled with finances sometimes but we didn't know any difference between the normal times and the lean.