I'm not sure how these 'only' children end up married to my siblings, but bless their hearts they do. And stay. Married to a spouse with a large riotous, often opinionated rarely subtle family. God Bless.
My youngest sister, Aimee, met the man of her dreams in Florida while attending college. Wayne is an honest to goodness, probably until the waves quit rolling, Surfer Dude. He grew up in New York, on Long Island in an original Levit House in Levittown and surfed for years on the Atlantic Coast. He was an only child and when he finally met the entire clan I think it was culture shock. But the man gets millions of points for not only ignoring the rowdiness of the clan, but hosting fun and rowdy parties for us whenever family is in town. This is Wayne, quietly manning the grill for the crowd...perhaps seeking a moment of solitude?
Wayne has been our IT, or very own personal 'Genius' for as long as I can remember. Now he is 'it' for sure, but I am talking computer IT in this instance. When PC's became the rage and we all needed help, Wayne was our man to call. I think his biggest nightmare came true when my Mother got her computer. He was on constant call to make it work. Even when the problem was connected to her access system and not software related, Wayne got the call. And responded. Ah, the good son...! Wayne and Aimee and their kids did the lion's share of taking care of my parents when they needed help in New Orleans. Even before they were in Assisted Living, they were on call and ever helpful and kind. I will never be able to thank them enough for that.
Now among many of Wayne's great talents, he is a fantastic photographer. We waste his talent on family pictures but appreciate it never the less. Aimee sent me a photograph of his that is just beautiful...
So although due to the crashing of the computer...(I'm sure he's thanking his lucky stars he's not living nearby and I can take this to the Genius at the Mac Store), this is a late birthday tribute to Uncle Surfer Dude, our own family computer Genius, professional photographer and hero to his family of women!
A Belated...rather very belated May 29th belated, birthday with love