April usually provides us Albanians with some fantastic weekends, weather wise, and this year (2012) has not disappointed us if you like sunshine and 90 degree temperatures! But, there is more to life than just great weather. In fact, it can be bad if it attracts people from all over the United States to come here then to live and turn our area into an overcrowded place we might not like.
One of the good things about this weather is that it gets people out traveling and visiting lonesome relatives. We, being from the Chicago area, get lonesome being so far away from our children, especially. Like most fathers, I think, I am very attached to my daughter, who I love very much. This beautiful weekend brought her to Albany for a visit. She and her family live in Lansing, Michigan and soon all three of her kids will soon be gone from home because of marriage, just graduating from college and starting her first job or just starting college and moving into different housing. She might be getting a little lonely herself!
Anyway, our daughter spent three nights at our home and we had a great time. While here, we took her to our Little Theatre and saw “HARVEY.” Also, today, we went to Chehaw Park to the Indian Festival and to check out the animals. We had a late lunch today and then packed her up and put her on a Delta Jet back to Lansing.
Others, had happy weekends also but they didn’t end quite as happy as ours did. Why, because they had to see their young relatives board that same Delta Jet to a location in the service where they were stationed.
As my daughter was leaving, I thought to myself how much things have changed over the years. When I was young, families and their children weren’t spread all over this big country of ours and we could see each other frequently. In fact, we all lived in the same towns or cities and, if we wanted to, we could see each other every day, if we wanted to do so. Who would have ever thought that we would all get spread all over the place like many of us are today.
So, appreciate it if you happen to be close to your children, or other relatives that you so dearly love. Not everyone is so lucky, or unlucky, as the circumstances dictate.
So, take advantage of the beautiful weather in April and surprise those that you care a lot about. Get on a plane or in the car or train and do some visiting that will make them very happy, as our daughter did to us.
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at email@example.com.