|The last of his kind.|
I am grateful they did it, grateful I got to go, and very grateful that Marvin, the last of my dad's siblings, is still around.
He was the second youngest of the family of eight. Violet, who was the oldest and the only girl, and seven boys: Robert, Oscar, John, Reynold, Eugene, Marvin, Gilbert.
It's good there's still a link left.
Not only is he still around, he's mentally sharp. I don't mean "for his age." I mean I'd like a personal upgrade to half his sharpness now.
We had birthday cake, a visit with family members we rarely see, and a look at some old slides that showed his family, immediate and otherwise, plus a few other people when we were very young.
It was a good day, and I am grateful for it.