Family Time In Philadelphia
I headed down to Philadelphia this weekend to hang out with my family. I know I say this EVERY time I leave New York, but it felt really great to get out of the city. Philadelphia seemed so quiet and clean and very spread out and wide-open compared to New York.
My Mom had been staying in Virginia with her parents, so she took the train up and my Dad flew out from Seattle. We all met at my sister Galen's kindergarden classroom (shown here). I guess I just missed it by about an hour, but her class interviewed my Mom and Dad, which sounded pretty hillarious. A little girl asked my mom, "What's your favorite color?" and when my mom said "Blue" the girl GASPED and said, "That's MY favorite color too!!!" :)
We got to hang out with my grandmother a bit which was nice and then on Saturday we hung out with five of next generation of Longstreths (and Goodwins and Others, etc.) most of which were like two or three. Almost all of my 13 cousins have children now, which is pretty crazy. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of them to show here because I was too busy building forts, talking on prentend phones, playing with blocks, setting up domino snakes, building tunnels for cars and transformers, doing magic tricks, etc. etc. It's been a REALLY long time since I got to hang out with some leetle guys and it sure was fun. Man, I want to have kids some day...
One of the coolest things from my trip was that I took some photos of a comic book (of sorts) that my Great Grandfather, John Claghorn, drew back in 1935. It documents a camping trip that he took with his friends and family up to Lake Kedgewick. I've posted the photos over in the Comics section if people want to check it out. See? Drawing with ink is in my BLOOD!
2015 UPDATE: This blog entry has somehow turned into the #1 place on the internet for people looking for more information about John Claghorn, and the current value of his paintings. I only met my great-grandfather once, when I was about 6 years old and don't know much about him, other than the fact that he created hundreds (if not THOUSANDS) of watercolor paintings in his lifetime. I AM NOT AN ART APPRAISER AND DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH HIS PAINTINGS ARE WORTH, IF ANYTHING. I am also not interested in buying any of his paintings - each member of my family has at least one of his paintings, so we are all set. Please do not ask me to appraise or buy your John Claghorn paintings. At this point, everything I know about my great-grandfather is listed in the comments below. Thank you.