Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gaylord Texan

My son, Matthew, and I drove from Houston to Grapevine, TX today to attend a long-awaited family reunion at the fabulous Gaylord Texan Resort.

We will be staying three nights and connecting with my 16 immediate family members who are coming from four states to celebrate the 89th birthday of my dad.

Relatives to show up soon will include my daughter, Nicole, my son-in-law, John, and my beautiful grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew. Also coming are my two sisters, Gayle and Paula, my brother-in-law, Cy, and their children and grandchildren. It will be the first time all of us will be together (at one time and in one place) since my mother's passing three years ago. It will be a fun reunion — but also bittersweet.

Under the big glass dome of the Gaylord Texan are images familiar to those who have been to San Antonio — an Alamo facade on one of the buildings, a Mexican cafe siyuated alongside a winding river.

Our family lived in San Antonio when I was a young girl, so the reminders of that chapter of our lives are wonderful to see. Each brings back special memories for me. No doubt, the others will say the same thing when they get here!