Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Awwwwwwwwwww....matching shirts...aren't they cute? We actually LIKE to match when we go out. It lets everyone know that we're together. We like everyone knowing that! This was taken at my niece's 25th anniversary party.
Yesterday we found out that William's Uncle Jimmie died last week. Now we didn't know Uncle Jimmie, because of family stuff, William never met him. (at least not as an adult) We found out when a cousin that I've been emailing wrote and told me that he was disappointed that he didn't get to meet us at Jimmie's funeral. I had to write back and tell him that we had no idea, that no one called us to let us know!
Yes, we'd have gone to the funeral. At the very least, if we couldn't have traveled for the funeral, we'd have sent flowers. We weren't given the opportunity, and I let William's stepmom know that I wasn't happy about it. Nicely, but I let her know.
There's a silver lining tho. Jimmie's daughter, Freda, used to call us when we first got married 8 years ago. Then we lost touch. I went to the funeral home website to read Uncle Jimmie's obit, and there was a guestbook. In that guestbook was a message from Freda, and all of her information! I called her this afternoon. She was so excited to hear from us, that she called back FOUR times! She was so cute....trying to catch us up on all her news. I think she may have thought at first that we were just another part of the family after her "newfound" money. It seems that she spent a year in the hospital after she was hit by an eighteen wheeler owned by Coors. She was given a 2 million dollar settlement. She made mention that she suddenly had lots of friendly family and friends. I let her know toot-sweet that 1. I had no idea that she'd be in an accident and had gotten a settlement. and 2. I don't want her money! After she realized that, there was no more talk of money....just family stuff that no one else in the family seems to think we need to know about!
It was good to talk to Freda. It's good that there are those in the family that will welcome us with open arms. I wish so much that we could have the same relationship with William's dad and stepmom, but I don't think it'll ever happen. I'm going to keep trying tho!