Sunday, June 19, 2005

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, and the Loompa's beach front condominium.

Today is my son's first Father's Day, and wouldn't you know, he's in the field.  Well, thanks to modern technology he has his cell phone so he was able to call us.  Unfortunately he was not able to hold his own son in his arms.  I would have wished that for him.  This is the very first photograph of Gabe and his son Zachary together.  This was the moment that they met.  When I look at this picture I think of love at first sight.  I have to say that this is my most cherished picture in the whole world.  No, I did not take it.  My husband, the proud father and grandfather, did.  A photograph of love, taken by love.  Perfect.

My brother-in-law Jay was also unable to hold his children in his arms this Father's Day.  It was a big sacrifice for any parent to make to send their children off to the other end of the continent for several weeks and I feel deeply for my sister-in-law and her husband but I know it is for the best under the circumstances.  I, on the other hand, would joyfully send my children to any relative who was naive enough to volunteer to take them.  Unfortunately  no such relatives exist any more.  All of my relatives have met my spawn.  There are no volunteers.

Do you know how hard it is to get a pack of Oompa Loompas to smile for a camera?  I don't.  800 exposures later and I have still not gotten a shot where all 7 of the children are smiling serenely for the camera.  This picture was taken at Rampart Range Reservoir.  No, the Loompas didn't really build the shelter although I did threaten to leave them there if they didn't behave. 

WILSON!

17 comments:

sdoscher458 said...

Oh you have to get a big blow up of that picture in a nice frame...it's a good one..told you the feeling of holding a new generation is wonderful...hope you get to hold the baby soon too......Sandi

purplectigger said...

Great pictures. How good your son and his son look together. I hope you have many more pictures of those two together.
Hugs, R.C.

heathyrxmarie said...

What a beautiful picture of Gabe and Zach.   And the oompa's are so cute, Dorn!  Are you going to keep them?  -snickers-
Hugs,
xoxo
Heather

brandyp0509 said...

That is a wonderful picture and a wonderful moment there when you "meet" your child. I know you are proud. I love the reserve you and the oompa lompas s/p were at it is beautiful and like you there are no volunteers to take my monsters as they have all met them too, lol.  Brandy

mumma4evr said...

love the pic of Gabe and his son!!!!  and those ooompas sure are cute...I have 4 more you can have for the summer!!!
Becky

jasmineandlace11 said...

I love your pictures..makes me smile:)

schnozbeary said...

Dorn, love the pic of Gabe and his son!! You have some gorgeous oompa-loompa's!!! Penny

ambassadorsinte said...

Dorn, you are wrong, wrong, wrong!
There is at least one if not more relatives willing to take "Your Spawn" off your hands for awhile.  Just put them on a Kon Tiki type raft with plenty of food and water and set them into the ocean when a westerly current is prevalent and we'll be waiting for them here in Hawaii.
DOD (Dear old Dad) is on the go most days and would welcome company to the beach we refer to as Carla's Beach.  It is 99.99% vacant most days and the Ooompa Loompas would have the beach to themselves with plenty of space to share.  We go there every Wednesday for sure and sometimes two to three times.
Consider this your invitation all you Oompa Loompas.
Oh yeah, bring bathing suits and sun screen.

astaryth said...

I saw this picture of Zach yesterday in 'his' Journal, and thought it was the most wonderful picture..... And, the Oompa Loompas' sure are cute... from a distance <LOL> Still, I think you are really enjoying your summer so far!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

tc01hm said...

Way to much fun even for Oompa Loompas, you are a wonderful Auntie!

sunnyside46 said...

looks like the most fun ever!
I want to come stay with you ,too!
Marti
http://journals.aol.com/sunnyside46/MidlifeMusings

hestiahomeschool said...

I would take your kids in a heartbeat.  :-)

gatorspictures said...

Loompa's look like a ton of fun.
I ADORE the pic of Gabe and his boy.
That is PRICELESS!!!!!  C

swmpgrly said...

beautiful picture of your son

derasta said...

What a very moving picture...it captures so much :)

beckieramos said...

That pic of Gabe with his son is so touching! you can just feel the love. Beautiful!!! Have a good evening. God bless, Beckie

piperacharmed1 said...

The picture of your son and his son is just precious....what a beautiful memory!!
Tracie