Gerald Krueger Family Reunions Column
One of the benefits of aging is family reunion. Our family is 16 with another great-grandchild expected in February 2022. It’s a deep thing to look forward to.
We are both very grateful that the 16 of us get along wonderfully. Of course, we all have flaws and none are perfect. But, one benefit of aging is the development of tolerance. As you get older, you are gifted with the ability to resist your loved ones with a lot, a lot of tolerance. As the saying goes, grandparents do not love their family every now and then – it is endless love.
We keep telling our posterity if they are looking for gifts for us old people just planning and running a family reunion. We savor every moment spent with our loved ones even if we see them so rarely. It’s hard to be free to come and see us when the families are either at school or at work.
They come from all over the country. One from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, two from Omaha, Neb., Three from Watertown, two from Rolla, Mo., three from Golden Valley, Minn., And the rest reside here in our own hometown of Aberdeen.
We don’t do much while we’re together, but we have fun and always have a lot of laughs led by our son-in-law Dr Jon Wilsdorf who is the all-time favorite comedian. The other big and fulfilling pastime we get together is watching Charlotte (also known as Charlie) play.
She is a very busy 5 year old girl. Even after he leaves, we are entertained. She leaves us messages everywhere. For example, I have strategically placed back scrapers all over our house. After Charlotte left, there were no more back scrapers. But, with just a little research, they were all recovered.
Any device with dials or switches is also fair game for Charlie to experiment with. My CPAP machine has a dial and after it left I noticed it needs to be returned to its normal setting.
Of course, we had to frequent Storybook Land and watch Charlie laugh and run between attractions. It’s so much fun watching her scream and scream and laugh at the pleasure she was having. What a wonderful innovation this incredible attraction is. It is loved by so many people and to think that there is no charge for such wonderful entertainment. Can there be a better family attraction anywhere than Storybook Land here in our own city?
We’ve also made several trips to Twist Cone for the scrumptious food they always offer. It has become a family tradition every time we all get together to do frequent visits by Twist Cone. One always wonders if the employees of Twist Cone know how much comfort they provide to an adoring audience.
Of course, we also make a trip to our farm with the obligatory walks on four wheels and side-by-side. It is always a pleasant experience for city dwellers. We even teach them what Canadian thistle looks like and let them manipulate the trigger of the sprayer to help kill the weeds.
A side note here: Do you know that this aging former farmer has been trying to eradicate this terrible plague from the Canadian thistle for about 25 years and we are seeing hardly any progress in getting rid of this affliction from the prairies.
But back to family reunions. The difficult thing about these pleasant gatherings is the withdrawal after they leave for home. We have this very empty house and they are all missing something terrible.
But social media kind of brings some satisfaction and we text pretty often. Sometimes more than once a day. What a way for us old folks to keep in touch.
Gerald “Jerry” Krueger is a retired educator, trainer, commercial pilot and farmer. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.