Uncle Joe is Nana's big brother. If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know Nana. Nana is my Mom's mother. My Grandma. Joe is the oldest, at 100. Nana is next at 97, and they have a little sister too! Dorothy is 96 and lives in Colorado near her sons. Yes, I would say that longevity runs in our family!!
Here we are gathering out in front of The Crab Cooker, waiting for our table inside. It was such a warm evening, and so pretty with the Christmas decorations in the Enderle Center.
If you have never been to The Crab Cooker, it is a very interesting place. Very casual, with delicious fresh fish, mesquite grilled. The wall space is filled with interesting pictures, and the air space is filled with large things like this.
My Uncle Joe, although frail of body, is extremely sharp of mind. He can recall all the way back to when he was 3 years old, and Nana was born. He can recall moving from his home in Oklahoma to Texas and then to California. He remembers things in remarkable detail. Joe was a musician. He taught and played music for a living his whole life. He can play just about every instrument you can think of. We always say that is where our son must have gotten it. Our son Drew is also a self taught musician. No one else in the family can play a thing! Uncle Joe was always a very proper person. I always remember him in his holiday finery. He always wore a suit and tie. He would call my brothers and I by our full given names. "Kristin Diane....MERRY CHRISTMAS" he would say!! Here is a photo of me and my three brothers with our Uncle Joe.
I was standing sort of behind my Uncle Joe taking photos of everyone at the table. I love this one of him, holding his wine.
Look at their hands. I know that many people don't even know their grandparents, and elderly members of their family. What a gift it is to have them and truly know them. They have so much knowledge of life so long ago. Where we came from. What it was like way back then. Before computers, cell phones...phones period! They remember the first cars. They remember hand cranking it to start. A rumble seat in back, and long drives on upaved roads that took hours and hours to get to their destination. They had no washing machines, and dryers, they remember the first ice box to cool their food. They walked to the market to buy food for a day or two. They raised a lot of their own food on their property. They were not wasteful. They raised children without the conveniences of diapers, formula, and all of those things we know and use today that make our lives so much easier. Knowing someone who lived for 100 years is truly a treasure! And treasure trove of information! My Mom is going to buy Uncle Joe a recording device so that he can record, in his own words, his life. Wouldn't that be amazing!
Here are some random photos of some of us from last night at the party. My niece Deanna with Uncle Joe.
My nephews, Joe and Tim.
My nephew Chad and his gorgeous gal, Santina!
My nephew Matt's pretty girlfriend, Candace. She just turned 21 while we were up in the mountains the other day!
My sister in law Glenda with Uncle Joe. I know she is going to be mad at me for posting this, but I love this picture!
Cheers Uncle Joe! Here's to YOU! Here's to your 100th Birthday!
The entire restaurant joined us in singing Happy Birthday to Uncle Joe!
They even gave him a Crab Cooker Tshirt!
After we ate, we took our group photo like we often do when we gather there to celebrate. We always take it underneath The Crab Cooker sign outside.HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY UNCLE JOE!!!!!