East Coast – Boston

cropped-images1.jpgNote to Reader: I did not take this picture. However, it looks exactly like I felt.

The RAT (Retired American Tour) began December 3rd with a plane ride to Boston, MA to visit my nephew Grant and his beautiful family–Anna, Caleb and Jacob.

My seatmate was a young man named Jacob who was heading home to see his family after spending a couple of years at a Krishna monastery.  http://www.krishnasd.com/.  We shared our respective beliefs for the entire plane ride!  As Jacob explained aspects of his faith, I was able to point to Bible passages that said the same thing as well as speak intelligently about precepts that were different.  I was excited that I had enough Word in me to confidently participate throughout our discussion. The extra blessing came as we exited the plane and the woman walking ahead of us, who happened to have been sitting in front of us, stopped and turned to face us. “I listened to your conversation and a couple of times I wanted to join in.  I’m a believer and I was blessed.”

View from the bedroom window.

View from the bedroom window.

My nephew Grant and his family live in a lovely little town near Boston and they were gracious to turn their spare bedroom over to me for a couple of nights. Their home is so comfortably cozy and wonderfully decorated in a beautiful country motif.  Props to Anna for her style.

Anna and the boys fetched me from the airport and we met Grant in the North End to eat dinner at a family style Italian restaurant, Lafamiglia Giorgio’s. http://lafamigliagiorgios.com/  With good food and even better company, we had a wonderful time visiting over dinner.  We also stopped at in an Italian bakery to get dessert.  I ordered an Amaretto Cannoli – excellent!

(left to right) Jacob, Me, Caleb

(left to right) Jacob, Me, Caleb

My nephews were a little reserved around me at first. After all, Caleb and I hadn’t seen each other for a couple of years and I never met Jacob.  Once we got to their home, Caleb was all about showing me his room, his drawings, and his 2 million legos. We became old pals fast.  Jacob ran everywhere Caleb ran.

In spite of eager helping hands, we managed not to burn the place down.

The next night we went to Lady of Fatima Shrine which was delightfully decorated with Christmas lights. Though I’m not Catholic, I lit a candle for my Grandma who was a devout Catholic.  In spite of eager helping hands, we managed to avoid burning the place down.

It was a cold night and fun to go back home to hot chocolate.

My nephews are very active and almost every picture looks like an action shot ’cause they’re always on the move.

Jacob zooming

Jacob zooming

Likewise, Caleb

Likewise, Caleb

Long story short, circumstances separated Grant from the rest of our family for many years.  I would have never known this nephew but for an action taken by Grant’s wife Anna. So it was extra special to visit Grant and his family and I can never thank them enough for opening up their home to me.  I really enjoyed my first east coast stop and look forward to connecting with my Massachusetts family again soon.