Christmas Eve and everyone is out doing their last minute shopping for that one person who slipped between the cracks in an overtaxed memory. The person most likely to be the one left behind at church a half dozen times when they were younger; or the one who relies on Facebook to know who is pregnant or out of work or depressed or dead because he or she tends to blend into the foggy background haze of life.
Most of the family will gather at Jilane and Kevin's home this evening for the traditional Christmas gorge in the trough of sugary goo. Considering so many of us teach in some form or another, Jilane's counters and table will sag under the weight of goodies gifted to us from our students.
It's always of interest to see who shows up with the biggest haul - always a sign of that year's most loved teacher. I didn't do too well last year. This year I did better. I attribute my success to a few extra A's given at strategic times preceding progress reports; along with the additional spent listening and laughing at jokes only an 11 year old would find funny. Then there were those painstakingly rehearsed looks of sympathy and thoughtfulness I gave to any student telling a tale of lost homework, a bumped knee, or hurt feelings; all done in a shameless quest to score big. The extra effort paid off. I should take the award for biggest haul of 2016. Sorry Jilane, but you'll have to give it up for this year's biggest suck up.
This year's most decorated teacher,
Photo's from the Williamson Backyard:
|Lisa and young Draker|
|Annette and Draker|
|Caden, Grandpa Williamson, Draker|
|Draker and Caden|
Photos from 1994
|Nintendo with the cousins|
|Grandma Luella. Never happy to have a picture taken|
|Grandma Luella, Janice and Jilane|
Photo's from 1999
|Chaz and Brooklynn Bodily|
|JD, Kim and Baby Cameron Delgrosso|
|Cameron's baby blessing|
|Brandon, JD, Forrest, and Baby Cameron|
|Thane, Annette and baby Tait|
|Luella and Aunt Bev|
|Kevin and Lisa|
|Caden, Brock and Quinn|
|The Delgrosso sisters with Aunt Lisa|
|The Family Picture|
Family Christmas Theater Over the Recent Years
This video has pictures from Christmas 2009 with pictures from the Tudor times in England.
Rich in our family history.