There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark



Monday, June 01, 2009

We're home. I could....

....go on and on about how Alaska Airlines screwed up all of our flights, but I won't.

Or, I could tell you about the California weather, but I won't....or the hotel munchkin toilet....but not now. I could admit I ate 513,687,459 calories, but who cares? I don't.

What this trip was all about was Christopher and his glorious achievement.....



....and Christopher and his proud grandmother....both sad that his grandfather wasn't there to be with him.


And then there is that lovely girlfriend to help him celebrate.
Christopher and Uncle Gil love each other a lot. Gil was quite proud of his nephew.
Then there is John, Christopher's dad and his brother Tyler....their smiles say everything.
The parents of that lovely girlfriend shared this happy event.
And here we have Officer Lori with Christopher. Without her insight, caring and intervention, Christopher might still be lost in Las Vegas.
Papa and Gigi were overwhelmed with pride.
And here are Todd and Christine the proudest parents in the whole world (What is that on Todd's head?).

And here with Christopher and his grandmother, two totally sloshed girls that were happy too!!!

And who is this? Perhaps this man says everything about the kind of man that Christopher is and will become. Christopher wants to help everyone. He wants to be a social worker but not your average social worker. He aspires to greater things and I think this little blip below will show you that he can and will achieve greatness.....read on......



Christopher works at a grocery store doing theft prevention. This man is a daily customer. He is 89. To say that he smells, is dirty, has not washed those clothes he is wearing ever, has maybe 6 cavity filled teeth in his mouth, lives in a hotel/apartment and has stickers on that jacket that come from the grocery store.....Thank You For Shopping With Us....well, I would be understating his presence. That he is the butt of laughs, nasty comments, and worse is probably a given. This man is Christopher's friend; Christopher gives him rides, helps him out and invited him to his graduation and drove him there in his polished, spotless car without a cover on the seat he sat on. Christopher sees value in this man that I didn't want to sit downwind from. This man used to be known, maybe even famous. Christopher says he is brilliant and has great stories. Would you recognize his name? I doubt it. If I said The Onion Field Killings or Charles Manson would you know who he was? Probably not. This is Irving Kanarak and he is Christopher's friend. Google him. Yup, Christopher is my grandson; I love him to pieces and couldn't be prouder of him if I tried.


14 comments:

jan said...

What great pictures of such happy families. I did recognize the name Kanarek from reading about the trials, especially "Helter Skelter" where he drove the prosecutors crazy. What a great friend Christopher has chosen and I'm sure there are a lot of stories.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Lovely pictures! Congrats to Christopher. I think we'll all know his name in the future!

Mom said...

What a handsome young man! The family should be very proud.
His friend Kanarek was quite the character. I bet he does have interesting stories. How wonderful that your grandson can see pass the old, worn-out exterior to see the man he was.

kenju said...

Yes, he is handsome - and from your post it is apparent that he is handsome inside - which matters more! I would be SO proud of him, too, Rosemary, like you are. If off to go*gle the guy.I read the book, but I can't remember him.

Jennie said...

Rosemary he is wonderful. I'm so happy for all of you, that's so great. What a strong kind man he is!

sageweb said...

Oh I am so happy for you and your handsome and gorgeous family. What a cool guy Christopher is.

yellowdog granny said...

oh my..I'm so impressed with all the love and adoration 'friendship' among your family...he's a great young man with a big heart, and knowing you..that doesn't surprise me one bit..it must run in the family...
i googled him and wow, the stories he must have...first hand knowledge of the crazy charlie?..wow...chris should write a book about him...the later years...

Chris said...

Aw, I can certainly tell that you are one proud Grandma! Congrats to Christopher.

madretz said...

You have every reason to be proud of that young man. He's got so much going for him and the loving family and friends to help see him though life's path.

I sent you a long ol' email on Friday and my computer froze in the middle of it, never to be found again. My computer is still at the doctor's, I'm on one of Jimmy's spare. He was also very happy to hear that you're enjoying Candy. :)

Sling said...

Good job Christopher!
..That he can see the depth of spirit in another person that others cannot,is a testament to his own character!
You must be very proud.

Miss Healthypants said...

Wow, I love Christopher now, too! What a wonderful person he seems to be! :)

Middle Child said...

You have a wonderful family and extended family...and rightfully proud of Chris...who knows where anyone of us will end up. No one on this planet is greater than or more worthy tahn what the world considers the lowly...when we die, there are no suits and ties, no deodrant, no money no power...we are what we were for better or worse..,.

powdergirl said...

What a lovely long man. We need more of them.

more cowbell said...

Milestones - it's that time of year. Congratulations to Christopher, and to his family as well. Takes a village and all that - I'm sure there is some of each of you in that young man and where he's headed.

Great pic of you, Rosemary - you really have gorgeous hair.