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The Wealth of a Family

Jerry and Andrew on his 35th birthday, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Perhaps you will excuse my bragging today and let me tell you how wealthy I am. Oh, my riches are not revealed by checkbook, CDs or stock portfolio, and were you to scrutinize our balance sheet, you would look askance at my claim, perhaps tagging me as lacking in veracity, and a tad on the goofy side. You would be wrong, dead on wrong.

I persist in my assertion of extreme riches and point to last evening as documentation of such claim. We met in Temecula, a close to half way point between San Diego and Crestline to celebrate Andrew's 35th birthday. It was a small group who could make it on this Tuesday night–close family, and Sharon and Adam, Andrew's best friend in the whole world. Adam's youngsters, Andrew's four, and a three year old cousin thrown in reveled in the place that Shawnna had chosen for the celebration. Lumpy's Sweet BBQ was the name of the joint–cheerful people who had set about pots of unshelled peanuts, making it known that accepted protocol in this fine place was the pitching of spent peanut shells onto the painted cement floor. The youngsters loved the opportunity to cast aside Miss Manners training for an evening, and many tiny peanut-mounded-up hands were seen. Giggling, the children poked their mouths full, then dutifully tossed the shells to the floor. Occasionally they gave a firm stomp to finalize the deal.

The presents were simple ones. Lumpy's closing time was 8:00, so a few minutes before the hour struck, we dug into our purses and wallets to leave a generous tip for these delightful people. But we weren't through partying, so we got into our cars and drove a few blocks to a Starbucks for the grand finale of the celebration.

We had been home only a few minutes when the phone rang. "You and Dad get home all right, Mom?" Andrew quizzed. "Just wanted to check on you."

Yeah, I'm rich. Don't think otherwise.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

17 replies on “The Wealth of a Family”

Wow…the older Andrew gets the more he resembles Pappy. LOL! We all had a great time and enjoyed the much needed laughter.


but i meant that his b-day was on satians birthday as well so he mught be satian. lol jk i no he is a good guy


Yvonne, what a treat to hear from you. And yes, you and Andrew have moved into the advancing years.

Love to your family, and you, of course.

SB, thanks for the correction.


Just a tiny correction. The birthday boy himself chose Sweet Lumpy’s to dine at. I wouldn’t want to take credit where it’s not deserved! Had a great time, must do it again soon.


Sis. Buxton…I enjoyed reading about your “riches”. You are very wealthy indeed. Speaking of Andrew’s 35th, I can’t believe WE are that old already! It would be great to see you all again…Yvonne


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