The trip to Arizona to visit mom for Christmas was an emotional one, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
We talk all the time on the phone, sharing stories, past and present. But something about visiting in person brings out so much more. I found Mom saying, "Did I ever tell you the story about...," constantly. Needless to say, I got lots of family history nuggets on this trip.
Mom and I also sat down and went through photos. I had a batch of unknowns that I figured I'd bring with me, so we sorted through them. I was left with a handful of unknowns that my grandaunt Flo would probably be able to identify. We went through the photos that she still had, most of which were of my step-father's family. And we went through the scrapbook I made for her on her 50th birthday (I could kick myself for how I put that thing together--eke!).
We also got a surprise gift from my cousin, who sent a DVD of his junior high graduation from 1988 (I think) when my grandmother and dad were still alive. I was a joyous time when the family was together, but it was hard to watch, as grandma and dad died shortly after. I think this is the only video I have of my dad, so it will be treasured. Thanks, Chris!
I had a great time reminiscing with mom and hope to do it again soon (hint, hint, you're due for a trip out this way!).