Family, friends make life better

Thomas Garcia

This weekend I had a great time spending time with my family in Clovis. It was my cousin Nathan Saiz’s birthday and, as close as my cousin and I are, it was bound to be fun.

I’ve always been close to Nathan and his older brother, Philip Saiz III, or “Blondie” as we call him. To make things even better, my brother Jimmy Miller came in from Amarillo, Texas to join us in the festivities.

We were joined by several friends and relatives during the barbecue and social gathering afterwards.

We all had a great time as we joked about recent events and recalled our wild and crazy pasts.

Nathan, Blondie, Jimmy and I grew up together in the same little town of Nara Visa. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s about 24 miles northeast of Logan. It’s a town so small if you blink while driving through it you will miss it completely.

As you can imagine, living in a small town meant we had to entertain ourselves. This usually led to worried parents, frequent scoldings and the occasional injury.

Over the years we all have moved apart. I was fortunate to spend some time living with my cousins and many years living with my brother, but eventually we all had to go our separate ways as our lives played out.

We have stayed connected and get together as much as possible. At times it is just for fun and sometimes it is in the midst of tragedy.

This weekend I was reminded of just how lucky I am to have such a great family in my life. This of course includes my family here in Quay County. Lord knows they have been there for me too over the years. They should be given medals for putting up with me too, as most of them know I can be a handful.

I certainly do not want to forget my friends, for they are a big part of my life, too. Lord knows I have talked them into a few bad situations. I, of course, was talked into doing a few crazy things, although they didn’t have to twist my arm much.

All in all they have been there for me through good and bad times, which is why I have come to think of them as extended family more than just friends.

This weekend was one to remember and was just the thing I needed to strengthen my resolve as I try to lose weight.

I love my family and want to be around for a while to spend time with them and everyone whom I care for.

Oh, before I forget, my fuzzy little mascot is still very much camera shy. Mark my words, rabbit. One day I will have my photo.