Best Wishes, Sam & Emily
An occasion for best wishes: My nephew Sam is getting married to a girl named Emily, from Grand Rapids, Mich. The two have set a date for next March, in Grand Rapids.
The first time I met Sam was in May 1983, in Dallas. My brother, his father, recorded the occasion with this photo. Sam is the three-month-old in the picture.
I'm the tall one, a newly minted college grad with the 20th-century equivalent of the Grand Tour to look forward to at that moment -- that is, a summer in Europe. Sam's mother, Deb, is holding him; my mother, and Sam's grandma, is to my right; to Deb's left is my mother's first cousin, Jean; and to her left is Jackie, her daughter, thus my second cousin. Jackie's wedding in the late 1960s is the first wedding I ever recall attending, and I only really remember the cake. To my mother's right is Al, Jean's husband, who has since passed away. I vaguely remember, when I was a kid, that he had something to do with Charles Chips (maybe he had a franchise).