Swerdloff Law Firm July 2018


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Late May of this year brought a lot of excitement for me in the form of a big family gathering. My brother’s family all came down for his middle son’s wedding in Santa Barbara, and it brought our family, young and young at heart, together. It was something of an informal family reunion, with new additions meeting older generations. My son and daughter-in-law introduced their 4-month-old to her great grandmother, who is in her 90s now. My brother came from Portland, my son and daughter-in-law from New Mexico, my nephew came from Hawaii, and another from Houston. We all converged on a dot to be together here in sunny Southern California.

and it was something of a debut for the new baby. Of course, everyone was over the moon to meet her — this happy, chuckling little thing. I know the two of them enjoyed the chance to reunite with people they don’t see too often. The wedding itself was really wonderful, and everything went off without a hitch. Both my boys, my granddaughter, and her mother all got to the church in time for the ceremony. The baby was very quiet until the service was over. As soon as it was finished, though, she wanted everyone to know she was there! She didn’t really need to — she was already the belle of the ball. All the women took turns holding her and playing with her. She was laughing and smiling the whole time. On Monday morning, our fantastic weekend came to an end, and it was time to say our farewells. We woke up early for a send-off breakfast for all our visitors. We sent them off in high style. It was so nice to see the family together, have a nice time, and share in great conversation and laughter. Baby traveled well there and back home; she slept a lot and made it easy on her parents. In some ways, infancy is the best time to travel. I’m just tickled that they made the effort so we could all be together. It truly was a joyous occasion. Family brings a lot of joy, doesn’t it? Our last major gathering was three years ago, for my brother’s birthday, and we had an official reunion some years ago in Hawaii, but it’s incredible how easily time slips by and you go years between seeing one another. The occasion of the

wedding this May was a welcome reason to see each other. I’m not going to let so much time go by before the next one. I hope that you had a safe and happy Fourth of July with your family and friends and enjoyed your time together as much as I did with mine. –Arthur J. Swerdloff

A few days before the wedding, my son and daughter-in-law attended a barbecue hosted by some of their longtime friends,


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