• Diane Mack: Basking in the warmth of family

  • I’m visiting the land of the sun, and it is gorgeous, 80 degrees and dry. I’m in the Grand Canyon state, Arizona.

    How I loved living in Arizona, years ago.

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  • I’m visiting the land of the sun, and it is gorgeous, 80 degrees and dry. I’m in the Grand Canyon state, Arizona.
    How I loved living in Arizona, years ago.
    I took a train to visit Adam’s family, and the new grandson Sawyer.
    When I exited the train, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. At 9 p.m., Flagstaff was warm and welcoming.
    A few hours later, Adam’s family, including two dogs, two cats, four children and Sam, were likewise, warm and welcoming. It was good to see them.
    Since my last visit, Adam and Sam added a pool to their backyard. They have enjoyed it. The pool tempted me to jump in, even late at night.
    The next morning, Ethan left for school, as well as Malia. Adam was off to work. Sam was taking care of the baby.
    It was a beautiful day, a day worthy of a vigorous walk.
    I invited 2-year-old Ava to travel with me. Plus pushing a stroller is added weight.
    In spite of being lost the last 15 minutes, it was breathtaking. We saw three lizards, dozens of cactus, sagebrush and the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountain ranges. We crossed a wash, which had no water in it. We saw orange and grapefruit trees. We heard doves singing and, I swear, I saw a road runner.
    Ava was talking the entire walk. She had so much to say, which I understand is the norm.
    Ava also likes to run in the backyard without clothes. Sam does have her hands full.
    Anyway, we returned home from the walk and arrived to a hungry baby, Sawyer. Newborns are so sweet.
    I sat down and spoke to Sawyer, as if we had known each other for years. He opened his eyes and seemed to take in everything I said to him.
    While visiting with Sawyer, I saw a naked 2-year-old girl run past me, out the door and into the backyard. Dessa and Munster (the dogs) and Psycho and Wacko (the cats), were not far behind. She had my cell phone with her.
    Ava is an active, lively, and, I have to say it, wild girl. She is independent and stubborn. She has not learned to swim, but wears a life jacket.
    Well, I need to force myself to go swimming (yawn). So sad, that I need to bask in the warmth of the Arizona sun.
    The grandkids want to swim every day. It really is so difficult to have to sun and enjoy the cooing doves and gorgeous weather.
    In a day, I will hate to say goodbye to the Arizona Macks. I will carry this special time, in my heart, and back to Missouri.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ava and the other little Macks are blessed with something significant. They have wonderful caring parents.
    Just this morning, Adam took the day off of work and together, we worked on all (did I say all?), of the family puzzles, stored in the cupboard.
    I believe Ava is not the only one benefiting from a lifesaver. Children with parents who care benefit from lifesavers, every day.
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.

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