NOB HILL--My brother Tom and his wife Ellen are visiting from Pennsylvania. Now everybody knows that out-of-town visitors are going to end up at Garduno's sooner or later. In our case it was sooner. The whole in-town family was there: daughter Simone and grandson Robby, son Ivan and his GF Melanie, and MaryAnn's only son who lives here, Ethan (who had to leave early and missed the group picture). Along with MaryAnn and me, that made 9 of us.
I think it was the first time I felt totally at peace in ages. I haven't really seen Tom in almost 6 years. And he hadn't seen my kids in about 20. Nobody could really remember what the others looked like.
But everybody was so excited to renew the relationships. Here's to the future. Here's to all of us.