Cleveland Bound 2013

20130919_093459Time for another trip back to the Land of Cleves. At least, it was when this picture was taken in September of 2013. Still catching up people.

You’ll notice that Ms. Bean has her own seat now. Yep, she’s now official and it costs money to fly with her. But you know what? The freedom that seat gives her (and us) is almost worth it.

We did something this trip that made it different from the others—a little more special. My mom and I had talked every now and then about doing a “tour” of the places we used to live. We moved a lot when I was growing up, so there are a number of houses that have childhood memories for me and I kinda wanted to revisit them. We finally managed to do it this time. It was nostalgic and depressing at the same time because a fair number of the homes were no longer even there; just empty lots.

20130922_154031This is the first place my mom and I lived together. I barely remember it, but my mom has fond memories of it—save for the time her apartment was broken into while she and I were sleeping on the couch. Every time she tells that story, about some dude holding a gun to her and warning her not to open her eyes, it gives me chills.

Grandma and the Bean

Grandma and the Bean

Aunt Vee

Aunt Vee

Aunt Jairia

Aunt Jairia

Cousins. Does she look a little overwhelmed?

Cousins. Does she look a little overwhelmed?

Caldwell Women

Caldwell Women

 

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