Christmas Trip To Westmoreland
Papa holding the baby (Ally)
Can I share my trip down west (Westmoreland) with you yesterday?
Well, its our annual Grandpa visit
! It's an initiative my mom had started well before she passed off (nearly two years now) but we, the five siblings have continued the tradition.
Mom would arrive the weekend before Christmas to help to clean the house, paint (if necessary), change curtains, etc., and end with a big cooking :-)
We always looking forward to this, yes the food :-), but moreso the togetherness it brings and the joy and gratitude on the face of Papa (Grandpa).
Uncles and Aunt also come over, so overtime this has been developing into a mini family reunion.
This time was memorable! In addition to the great family vibe, and the food (I enjoyed the gummy 'renta' yam), we also recognized two birthdays!
My daughter, Karena Gayle (Leah) and my brother Courtney, December 18th and 26th respectively.
We had a huge birthday cake for them.
Of course, we did the formalities, wishing them happy birthday and sent birthday wishes to them; each person saying something, then share the cake.
Overall, There were no great music or excitement, no formal dining (we didn't need to) but it was lovely. I can say truly a 'Day well spent'.
I had also taken the opportunity to visit other relatives and friends in the neighborhood. It's just a wonderful feeling seeing the almost instantaneous glee on the face of the older folks and indigent the minute you say 'hi'.
By the way, I just read an article on WebMd.com that referenced a research that showed that gratitude, togetherness and charity are the recipe to happiness, not money or weatlh by itself.
For that I say 'ditto'. Already looking forward to next year :-)
Ooops! I almost forgot! How could I? I never mentioned the majestic sunset! Just to give you a background; the community is way up in the hills of Westmoreland, overlooking the sea, and from the pic above, a big breadfruit tree stood before the sunset and the house, but it allowed us enough view to catch that pic above.
For me, that was heavenly!