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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Grandma Delores's Celebration of Life in Chicago


Since Grandma Delores passed away last year, our family hasn't had an opportunity to really come together to remember her or to be together due to COVID. This summer, Aunt Sharon planned a Celebration of Life party at her house in Chicago and I'd planned to attend with my family from Florida. Unfortunately, quite a few people we know have been getting sick lately and we decided it would probably be best not to travel with the kids and Andrea so I just went by myself. 

When I arrived, I stopped by Alex and Laura's place to meet my nephew Charlie. I and got some dinner and ice cream with everyone and took a tour of their new apartment. It was getting late so I went to the hotel and on Friday I went over to Sharon's in the afternoon. Uncle Roger had originally planned a small gathering at his place on Friday, but with COVID issues we decided to have it at Sharon's so we could all be outdoors. The tent for the Saturday celebration was already up so we got to use it an extra day. I caught up with some family I haven't seen in years and Uncle Roger got yummy Chicago style pizza for everyone.

Saturday I got up and went for a jog and then met my family at a local restaurant around noon, prior to going to the party. I got to hang out with Charlie a bit while we waited on our food.

The party on Saturday was a lot of fun and we got to see even more people. I ended up taking a lot of pics, however they're mostly of Charlie it seems. We ate, drank, a few people shared some stories about Grandma Delores, and we took a group picture with many of the people that showed up. It was a really nice day and I'm thankful that so many of us were able to come together in Grandma's memory.

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