It does my heart good to see grandson Colin bonding with his cousins.
Times - and distances - being what they are, Colin’s encounters with his cousins are much too rare.
Here he gets a few pointers from my brother’s grandchildren at my son’s recent wedding.
It was my friend Judy Winter, a wedding guest, who captured the moment.
When my son and his fiancé - residents of Los Angeles - announced last December that they wanted an outdoor wedding in September on the beach at our family cottage, I felt compelled to point out the obvious flaw in that plan:
Our beach was in northern Michigan, not southern California.
The Irish half of me immediately pictured a glowering sky, a stiff north wind, a driving rain lashing the faces of the wedding guests.
Check out my Michigander column by clicking on the glowering sky.
Another recall notice ...
And check the model year on the Impala GM is recalling - 2003!
And notice that the flaw in this vehicle - the vehicle that’s been on the road for 12 years - may be responsible for “increasing the risk of injury or fatality.”
And, oh, we’re not supposed to arrange for a fix until after Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, we’re supposed to keep the key to this vehicle separate from all other keys, as well as the fob - and hope for the best.
I presented a little fireworks display at the wedding reception. In keeping with our family tradition, the bride, Sacha, lit the fuse that set it all in motion.
That’s the bride and groom ( my son Benjamin) watching the show from the boat-launch dock at Hammond Bay Harbor, the site of the reception.
Sacha’s brother, Julian, took this fabulous photo. Notice the reflection in the water.
Checking out the competition
These two fellows were getting to know each other about 10 yards from my deck Monday morning.
Friendly encounters between males will soon come to an end as the preliminaries to the mating season commence.