The Tapestry of Family
Tuesday 3rd of January 2012 11:00 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Cemeteries and new babies may not seem to have much in common. But on the day that Kinley came home from the hospital, Randy & I started our day by taking a bouquet to a Topeka cemetery.
We were there to pay our respects to his Grandma Ritts, who would be Kinley's great-great-grandmother (and to the Grandpa Ritts he never knew). Laura Ritts was the mother to Randy's mom, Marie, from whom Kinley gets her middle name.
Jill never really knew Grandma Ritts, who died when Jill was 6. Even by the time I entered the family, Laura wasn't the mother and grandmother that Randy's family had known. I always thought it would have been nice to know her in her prime, since we both love music, church choir and children's church pageants.
But, even without a physical link, the connections are still there, weaving generation to generation, through genes and family traditions.
It's hard to know what family characteristics that Kinley will have. Will she get her Daddy's height? Will she have her mother's gorgeous eyes? All we know is that she is a God-given blessing from two families, joined together, through a new life.