More Pandemonium

Well, they’re gone. Our son Brian, wife Kristi, their three young children, and my Beloved left at 4 AM today, flying back to Maryland. (The latter to help them get through airports and while on the plane. She returns tomorrow.) It will probably be three or four months before we see them again, though we’ll likely visit them.

One night during their visit, when twelve of us were sitting in our living and dining rooms, the lights went out, pandemonium  erupted, babies and young children screamed while adults tried to calm them with, “Don’t move! It’s alright! We’ll get lights!” As we scrambled to light the night three-year-old Zachary fell from a chair face-first onto a hard bare floor. That lead to a bloody mouth and a late night trip to the emergency room.

He didn’t need stitches and will be fine.

There’s never a dull moment when the Townes get together. I plan to share other stories from the trip in later posts.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to More Pandemonium

  1. Nope no dull moments for you, that isn’t allowed………………lol

  2. utesmile says:

    Glad he wasn’t hurt too badly. Yes family keeps you on your toes! That is the whole fun, all different times together, great times, sad times, scary times and calm times.

    • russtowne says:

      I agree, Ute. Strong families are treasures because they stick together through laughter and tears. We ended up playing cards by battery-powered lanterns as the three oldest children slept in sleeping bags in the living room. It was indeed eventually a fun and memorable evening.

  3. ksbeth says:

    glad everyone was okay and made it home safely in the end. i’ve really enjoyed your stories and pictures from this time together. it will never be forgotten by any of you.

  4. One thing’s for sure….everyone involved will remember these visits!!!

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