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The best moment of my trip came when Daddy (Colin's maternal great-grandfather), Leslie (Colin's maternal grandmother), and I (Colin's great-aunt) sang "Tell Me Why The Stars Do Shine" to Colin. The traditional version I grew up with, not the scientific filk with some of the same words and all of the same tune.

Daddy sang the verse he used to sing to Mom as he drove the family home from Lake Michigan picnics and other outings of my childhood...a verse Leslie never heard before. IIRC, Daddy sings it as "I do believe that God above/created you for me to love/He picked you out from all the rest/And gave you to me to love the best."

The picture isn't of that moment, which came within an hour of when 10.5-week-old Colin Daniel met his great-grandfather, 86.5-year-old Daniel Squier Fitzgerald. As usual, click through and up to the Fitzgerald gallery for a few more shots of that amazing moment in our family's history.


I'm looking at you!
I'm looking at you!
This is what I traveled to see, to witness. This was why I went even after car problems meant I missed Jack's brunch. It's highly likely that Carl took far better photos of Colin Daniel in Daniel Squier Fitzgerald's arms the first time the two met, but I totally treasure having been there and capturing even a few rough shots of my own. My face pretty much matched Sara's the entire time. So much emotion in the moment, so much love.

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kalimac
Dec. 17th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
That's delightful. At a slightly greater age, I met my great-grandfather, but I never found out about until I saw the photos years later.
smofbabe
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Sorry for all of your travel troubles but this is truly a remarkable photo and experience. Glad you got to share it with your family.
holyoutlaw
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
Very sweet.
judith_dascoyne
Dec. 17th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Blink
Blink
WOW
(sniff)
that is great

(thanks for sharing)
galacticvoyeur
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, this is so awesome. Your dad is looking good.
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