Thursday, March 05, 2009

Baptisms, Snow and Rock and Roll

The days had gotten warmer the last few weeks and all the snow was melted in the neighborhood.
Yesterday you could see all the grass in the front yard for the first time since November.

This morning...
A wintery view again.
I LOVE waking up to a view of winter wonderlands first thing in the morning.
And views with cats too, of course.


Such a new experience for me.
I wonder if I will eventually take it for granted.

I've never been one to not make a picture in my heart and mind of wonderful things every chance I get.
Snow is a wonder for today.
Another wonder is seeing family on Youtube.
Our son's baptism for one.
It is a pretty long video, but you can see and hear Jeff talk about his faith (at the 1 min. 26 second mark) see Rachel and him arriving (at 9 min 13 sec.) and see him go under the water and come up again (at 11 mins.) , along with others who partook of that sacrament on that Sunday afternoon.
The other is revisiting a happy memory from long ago...from a time when MTV was a brand new channel on television.
It was 1983.
The kids were 3 and 5, and I did NOT want them to be watching bands like Alice Cooper and Kiss rocking out.
But...
suddenly...
their Uncle Mark was playing drums on a video that was on rotation on the channel.
It was a pretty darn cute video too.
We let the kids watch their Uncle's band, of course.
And turned channels immediately afterwards.
The video is now on Youtube, and seeing it again brought back SO many funny memories.
You see, lil' bro Mark was a serious professional drummer for years before becoming a Radiology Therapist. He played with several bands and was cited in Rolling Stone magazine as one very hot drummer.
Drummer praise doesn't come from a source higher than that!
During the years that the incredibly talented and handsome Mark was on percussion, his big bro Bernie was juggling being an electrician, going to school at night, and being a daddy to two little kids.
Once, during that season of life, when we were over at Mark and Bernie's parents house, my MIL turned to Bernie and asked him if he had had a chance to go see Mark performing in some local venue.
I can still remember how hard it was not to laugh when Bernie dryly replied:

"When Mark comes to watch me at my work, then I'll be going to see Mark at his work."
(I'm pretty sure Mark never did make it out to watch Bernie at his construction site...)
By way of updating those who wonder how Mark is doing...he is home now, and struggling to recover from the massive abdominal surgery he had two weeks ago. Several organs were removed, but they were not able to get all the cancer...he will begin intense radiation and chemo as soon as they can identify exactly the kind of cancer he has.
We think about Mark all the time...sometimes with worry, sometimes with fear, and sometimes...well, you know some 50 plus years of being a big brother is hard to let go.
As soon as Mark came out of surgery and we knew that he was OK, I mentioned that he must have a massive abdominal scar, similar to the one that I sport on my low belly.
Recalling the inquires I faced after my surgery, I voiced a similar concern to Bernie:
"Do you think Mark will still be able to wear a bikini style swim suit?"
(like he EVER did...)
To which B. replied without missing a beat:
"No, he doesn't have the guts for it anymore."
Somethings in life, like capping on your little brother, just never change.

7 comments:

Sara said...

Brrrrr! I seems so odd to see snow and ice when here we are having sun and 60 degrees, although it did rain yesterday.

Vicki said...

Thanks for the links...I really enjoyed the baptism video...it was so touching and very well done (enjoyed the music, too!). I'll have to say, I never heard of Joe Harris & the Speedsters - that was an interesting video, enjoyed the music, too. Mark was a bit wet at the end, wasn't he? ;)

Your snow looks nice, but I'm enjoying the perfect weather we're having here today - blueblueblue skies with nary a cloud and mid-70s...ahhh.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your beautiful snow scenes. How nice to wake up to a view like that.
You recalled some nice memories from times past of my two boys, who each have such different personalities. Thanks. love mom S.

Sara said...

Glad I came back to see the words you wrote to go with the pictures! I watched both videos - the baptism was wonderful and I love the music too. The video with Mark's band sure took me back to former days - those hairdos and fashions!

Lovella said...

Ah .. I wondered if that warm weather would last down there. . .it sure is pretty when the snow falls and the wind does not blow.
I'll watch the video later. . but just wanted to take a moment to say that your brother in law is in my prayers. . such a difficult time. .

Lin said...

I soo... remember that video. I can't believe how many memories it brought back to me.

Back then, I did not have MTV. I watched videos on FMtv, which was on the local PBS station. I would see MTV when I was out visiting my niece who lived in an apartment complex with a clubhouse that had it. We were in that clubhouse a lot because it had MTV. Now I think how foolish I was in those pre-Christian days. I was just missing the mark all around. I am so glad I did a turn around!

Good video by the way. Just a couple of shots of girls I would consider to risque for my young teen...

Becky said...

Jill, I always enjoy a quick stop over to visit. Sorry I haven't been a regular reader lately, I have no idea where the time in the day goes! But its Friday evening, and the house is relatively quiet. Thanks for letting me drop by! Love the snow. Doesn't it just make the world quieter? I love that effect! And, sorry about your BIL. I do hope he recovers quickly and is restored to great health soon!