Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

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"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Memorable Memorial Day

AvaSophia and Grandpa at the ranch
            Who wants to look at pictures of someone’s kids and grandkids?  Especially when everyone knows that their own kids and grandkids are the cutest, smartest, most athletic, and exceptional in the history of mankind.  Despite that truth, indulge me and let me torture you with a few photos of my newest granddaughter, AvaSophia Ciel Severino. 

Never let Grandpa babysit.  (It's only water.)
            Ava is a miracle baby, but that’s a story for another time.  She is a bundle of energy and never stops running, dancing, and getting into things from the time she gets up in the morning until she finally goes to sleep at night.  

          But there is a nap, if we’re lucky.  That little girl sucks the energy out of Grandma and me like a garage vacuum sucks up sawdust.  But nothing gets to me like that little angel running to me with outstretched arms yelling, "Grandpa, Grandpa."     "Gammie" has the same reaction when it's her turn.   

            My daughter Shannon and husband Steve drove nine hours from the Los Gatos area to visit us Memorial Day weekend.  Unbelievable. It took two or three hours sitting in bumper to bumper traffic before they escaped the bay area.  That’s a real ordeal with an energetic baby and an equally energetic dog stuck in the car.  Seeing four cars in the 8 mile trip from Greenhorn Ranch to Quincy is a traffic jam for Gayle and me.  
She steers by pulling an ear.
           
        I hope barbeques on our deck, walks around the ranch to see the horses, a visit to our old fashioned cowboy bar, walks in the woods, and a general exposure to mountain living will create memories in Ava Sophia, but what does anyone remember from the time they were 1 ½ years old? 

            But thirty years from now, there will be old photos in a dusty album – oops, those are obsolete now.  Well, maybe it will be a picture on a disc or somewhere in the air accessible by a new form of technology. In any case, the question will arise, “Who’s that old bearded guy I’m riding on?” 







8 comments:

  1. Come bumper to bumper, come traffic jam: Family shall always prevail. . .

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  2. Come stuck in traffic with a baby and a pet dog, to arriving a little late for the family gathering; pales to the ultimate joy of coming together as a family,again! Precious moments, indeed!. . .

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    1. Precious and irreplaceable. That's our greatest complaint in living so far from our families. Thanks, Judy.

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  3. Ava Sophia looks like an exceptionally beautiful little girl. I have granddaughters as well and of course they are beautiful too. It was very disappointing for me to not have a daughter. However a 9 year old girl on my street and I became very good friends 8 years ago. She became like a daughter to me. She spent many many days at my house and always ran straight to my home when she got off the school bus. We had lots of fun together, then she turned 12. At 12 1/2 I began thanking God for my sons. Holy cow what a change they go through for a few years. She in now almost 18 and she is finally becoming human again. Little girls are the greatest, always hopping or skipping or twirling or spinning. So much energy and love. But thank you God for my sons.
    Jim Loar

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    1. They do "mutate" into something weird around puberty. You and I are old enough to remember Al Capp the famous cartoonist. He said, "No one likes teenagers except other teenagers." Fortunately they regain consciousness and, as you said, become human beings. But, just like you, Jimmy, I love my kids and grandkids. There's nothing like it.

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  4. I TOTALLY get this, bro. Nothin like grandkids!

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    1. Between Gayle's and mine, we have 7 now, ranging from 1 1/2 to 26, 4 boys and 3 girls. So far 3 have graduated from Los Gatos High. I always wonder if they've ever seen my name and Glen Dennee's name on that football trophy from the '50s stored in the trophy case at L.G. High.

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