Good Looking People

“Mouse Courtois declares this Betty Week and plans to celebrate by drinking red wine, wishing she had a tail, and exclaiming ‘Judas Priest!’ or ‘Mein Gott!’ every time something is ridiculous.”

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As you may have gathered a few posts ago, my great aunt Betty died last week. I think we’re all still processing the fact that it really happened, but I feel fortunate that I not only feel definitively that it was time, but also that I don’t have to feel sad about it. I miss her terribly, but with all the wonderful memories it’s hard to feel like she’s really gone. She was one of those rare people about whom it seems no one has anything bad to say, which really showed in the celebrations.

I thought I’d done a better job of documenting events, but I realized when I was looking through my photos that I have none of the larger circle. Many people are missing from this collection, but my triumph of the weekend was managing to photo document generational photos* of everyone who managed to attend.

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The G2s; Harry, Bubs, and Fran

 

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The G3s; Jan, Grinch (aka Mike, aka Ed), Moom (Anne), Aimée, and Pooh (Anne)

 

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The G4s; Janet, Mouse, Rey, and Robin

 

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Betty’s children and grandchild.

 

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Aimée played the mbira for her mother…

 

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I couldn’t resist a detail shot.

 

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It’s basically a thumb piano set inside a calabash. It has a beautiful sound.

 

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Fran (my grandmoom) and Barbara who lives down the beach.

 

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Aren’t they a pair?

 

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This is Cam with Bill (aka The Grumpy Growler, aka my father). Cam is a good friend of Fran, Barbara, and Betty. She was mad that Betty “won the race”.  :)

 

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This is Paulette who lives down the beach, with a glimpse of Diane on the side.

 

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Not only does Paulette store a jug of wine in her beach hut just in case; her husband is a pie aficionado who makes delicious smoked salmon.

 

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Of course, the Green Guys were all over the party telling everyone that they were Betty’s “favorites” and insisting they were guests of honor.

 

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Squeaky, Pengie and co. were more reserved. They stayed indoors to protect their delicate skin and to hold onto important artifacts.

 

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Finally, the “triplet” cousins. They were all born in the same year, and all had their first children at the same time. The Annes also had their second children at the same time, approximately 2.5 years after the firsts. Oops! Pooh was channeling Froggy in this one…

 

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There we go. This one is blurry due to my camera’s apparent age, but that’s much better.

Like I said, it’s a bunch of good looking people. Moom should have a more comprehensive collection, so watch her for photos over the next few days?

GO CELEBRATE BETTY WEEK WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A GOOD LONG HIKE!

* I think we need to plan a family reunion, so we can get everyone living together on the beach for at least three days. August 2012? Spread the word; let’s make this happen!

One Response to “Good Looking People”

  1. Sam Says:

    I can report that I have begun celebrating Betty Week with a good urban hike and a glass of wine yesterday…thanks for the loverly people pictures!

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