This presented a unique opportunity to spend some time with my BIL. He's been a huge part of my life since I was five-years-old. The Jeff I know isn't a man of many words, dislikes crowds - he is a rugged miner, hunter, outdoorsman. Not the gentle, sensitive type (maybe he is to my sister) but not to the rest of the world. But he is quick to donate his time or a freshly crafted bow to local fundraisers, offer assistance to a friend or neighbor - he's an all-around great guy.
Living in rural Wyoming in the mid-eighties, there were many professional services that you would have to travel out of state for, such as visiting my orthodontist for braces and the maintenance that is required with having them. There were a few times Jeff would have to take me to Ogden, Utah for that upkeep. My sister was busy with their three young children and they were saddled with the awesome task of taking on a teenager after the deaths of my parents.
A trip to Utah with my BIL consisted of: completing the task at hand, such as brace-face annoying teen getting her braces tightened (does anyone remember how uncomfortable that was?); a stop at the archery/gun store (oh YAY!); a visit to the military surplus shop (WHY?); home store for a new tool or two; and rounding out the day at the boat dealership (with me wishing he would get a ski boat and not just a fishing boat - that never happened!). Sadly, even though we were in the city, I would not be shopping at the mall or going to the movies (however when my sis took me that's what we would do).
|Lise and Jeff at Antique Archaeology.|
|New jackalope PJs.|
|Jeff accused me of spending his money! |
Looks like he didn't need my help at the candy
store in Le Claire.
|Hill Hardwood - ebony.|
|Jeff's copilot for his trip home.|
|Local fave - Pagliai's Pizza in Iowa City.|
Our time together was filled with talk of politics, hope for the future, losses he and Katie have suffered, happy times remembered, stories of the past, ideas for cooking (he is a great cook), sharing stories of his friends and the funny pranks they've pulled on each other. It was a great trip! We spent time with Tim, Lise, Taylor and Libby - it makes my heart happy when we get to be with family. I will cherish the time we had and am grateful to have him in my life.