As long as I'm posting photos of beautiful young people, here is one of my nephew. We all went to the interment of the ashes of my Aunt Fay and Uncle Keith yesterday in New Jersey, and then gathered at our cousins' home after for lunch and family fellowship. It was lovely. My cousins are doing well. They are renovating a lovely Victorian in a gentrifying part of Newark, and they seem to have things well in hand, which wasn't always the case. They are two sisters and a brother and the three grown sons of the sisters who all live together, and the house is spacious and accommodates them all beautifully. It used to be a wreck. My cousin tried to give it to the bank but the bank waived the rest of the mortgage and gave it back to her. Even the bank didn't want the house, which had squatters living in it and was in terrible ruin. They tried to find another place to live, all six of them, after their parents died, but nothing came through, and finally my cousin said, well, we have this house free and clear, let's renovate it. She had the vision, and now the house is worth a large number with many zeros, and is only going to further increase in value as the neighborhood is becoming the new refuge for artists and others who can no longer afford New York City. I am so happy they landed like this. I had been worried about them and it was so good to see they will be okay.
Anyway, our other cousins from Virginia drove up for the day to be at the internment of the ashes and the family luncheon, and my nephew showed up wearing that Rolling Stones t-shirt, which of course I had to post for Mary Moon! He's no longer sporting his huge curly Afro, but these days pulls his hair back into a ponytail tied with a scarf, because he's playing a lot of gigs now and doesn't want his hair in his eyes. He also pierced both ears and wears dangling earrings in homage to his Native American heritage on his dad's side. When he was growing up he looked like a regular Black kid, a beautiful bouncing child, but as he's grown into manhood his Native features have become more marked. He's such an interesting looking young man, and as gentle and goodhearted as they come. He recently got a job running open mic nights for a club. His music career is starting to happen, and he's getting paid, too.