If you're a friend of the Loyd family but
not a family member, a glance at this first
picture might be enough to satisfy your
curiosity. Then again, so many of my
friends are like family, maybe you'll want
to keep reading. If you do, I think you'll
really enjoy the end.
This Loyd reunion was planned only three
weeks ago, and many of our youngest
generation were not present. But my
Mama Loyd's two surviving children and
six out of seven grandchildren were there,
as well as some new members of the family.
|I won't identify everyone in this photo, though I|
know a couple of friends who are going to inquire.
Some will be named in pictures that follow.
|By a happy coincidence, my Aunt Frances was|
celebrating her 84th birthday on this very day.
Since Daddy will be 98 in May, Frances is
still "baby sister" to him.
|We had representatives of four generations to|
sing and wish Frances a happy birthday.
|Her daughter Vickie had thoughtfully arranged|
the candles very close together.
|Frances with her children Stan and Vickie,|
|Frances resignedly passes an old photo of mine to her|
youngest grandchild Lana and her new husband Phillip.
Why those gleeful expressions?
|Well, it turns out Frances didn't know I had that|
picture. It's a four generation picture with Mama
Loyd (my grandmother) at Daytona Beach.
|Here's the proof: Mama Loyd had proudly|
identified everyone on the back.
|Vickie had plenty of pictures of the most recent|
wedding to show us all.
|Pictures are memories. And sometimes we can|
understand things we never knew before.
|My dad, Marvin Loyd and his sister Frances are|
delighted to have their pictures taken with these
fine young men. Their mother is Anita and their
Grandpa is my cousin Terry.
Now let's take a step back in time
to put this reunion in perspective.
|This is Mama and Papa Loyd in December|
1963, at home on their 50th anniversary.
|With Mama and Papa Loyd are their four children.|
(L to R) Frances, Raymond, Herman, and Marvin.
|All the grandchildren-- 49 years ago. Starting on the|
left: (front) Stan, (back) Terry, Annette (unable to
attend this year), my big brother Ellis ("Buddy"),
Vickie, Me (Ken), and my younger sister Caryn.
|Now roll 'em all together and you have the whole|
Loyd clan in 1963. This picture includes the spouses.
|Fast forward 20 years and look what happened.|
Actually this was probably 1984, based on Amanda
being born in December 1982. Help me out, family.