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Today I am interrupting my my regularly scheduled Three Things Thursday post to pay tribute to a very special man in my life . . .
My dad’s cousin Carl, from Grand Island, New York, passed away in the wee morning hours this past Sunday. He left behind a wife and son – and lots of other family members who love and miss him.
As a little girl, I remember when Carl would come and visit my Pap. I used to love to go over and visit with Carl and his wife Liz. To me, they were a really neat young couple; and they paid special attention to me and made me feel important.
Years later, they adopted a baby boy from Korea, just a short time before my parents adopted my two younger brothers from Korea. I remember that first summer after my brothers came to our family – my Nanny had just passed away, so we packed up our family and my Pap and made the trip to New York to spend some time with Carl and his family and meet their adorable little baby.
Time passes so quickly and the next time I remember seeing them was in 2003 when my own family made the trip to Long Island. We spent several days with Carl, Liz, and Luke and they were great hosts! They took us to Niagara Falls, a local amusement park, and the Buffalo Zoo. The girls just loved Carl because he would gladly ride all the kiddie rides with them. He even paid for them to ride a camel at the zoo!
Carl and Luke used to enjoy coming down to visit us too. They would go to see Penn State games with Brian. Carl would always supply the Pepsi!
Carl worked for General Mills for many years, and he always made sure our pantry was well stocked with Big G cereals (in bulk!) He also had custom-made Wheaties boxes created for each of my girls (which they still prominently and proudly display in their rooms).
We’ll all miss Carl. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to visit him and say “good-bye” but I’m sure he knew he was loved by the Strawser family. I’m thankful for our precious memories.