Last Friday, we attended the funeral mass of Charles Gail, the only brother of Captain's godfather Tony Gail, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Leavenworth. We learned about this brave man, who won a Purple Heart during his Navy days in the South Pacific in 1944. He also held an honorary doctorate in geology. He worked/taught in the oil industry in Columbia, South America, for nearly 30 years.
The good result was when today we could all gather with the Minnesota and Kansas cousins in Tonganoxie at the Klinkenberg farm. Fried chicken for lunch. Baseball game of boys against girls (Uncle Chuck was all-time catcher). A few fireworks to delight Ethan, Taylor, Alyssa, Ben, and David! Music on Uncle Bob's mandolin, fingered just like a fiddle. Debbie's new puppy to thrill for Elijah, Lydia, and Henry. Recipe swaps between Andrea, Denise, Pam, Candise, Mary, Elizabeth, and Charlotte. Family reunions guarantee long conversations on a pleasant summer afternoon.