The girls were a big hit this afternoon with their great-grandparents. It's especially nice to see E.J. perk up around them, becoming more alert, enjoying their hugs and kisses, holding their hands, remarking on their resemblance to one another, and calling them "cute little guys." (E.J. was not necessarily known for this kind of affectionate reception to children in his earlier years.) It was a leisurely, family-oriented afternoon . . . and here are the pics to prove it:
E.J., the birthday boy
Susan's aunts Patty and Jackie (E.J.'s two eldest daughters) and her cousin Kathy (Patty's daughter) cutting and serving the ice cream cake that Patty and Buddy had made
The girls with their great-grandparents: Laura, Hillary, Abigail, Suzanna, and E.J.
A sight rarely seen: E.J. holding hands with a child! (That's Hillary, by the way, who also gave her great-grandpa lots of kisses on his forehead, stroking his head as though he were a pet golden retriever!)