Too many memories, in too small a space, with too many people. I lasted about twenty minutes and then fled. Did get to meet the newest two additions to the extended family, who were asleep at the time. I'm still only a great-aunt but it's only a matter of time until the oldest nephew's oldest child does something about that.
My sister shared a thought that I have had, too: our mother lost her father when she was in her twenties, and her own mother a decade later. We never realized how much a void that must have left.
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