By Christopher J. Robbins
Sunny cool winter greetings from Robbins Family Oz. Its been a fortnight (2 weeks for those who live Adair Heights) since last we connected. Maria, Johnny and I are enjoying our winter in lovely Kirribilli. So fun to be connected to family back in Saint Clair while they are enjoying the summer heat whilst we are enduring the “chilly” Sydney winter.
Today (Aug 14) is my 50th Birthday. Half Century. 5 Decades. 2.5 Score. 600 moons or so. I tell my wife, Maria, I’m planning to make the next 2.5 score even better: my battery life is in the neighborhood of 50%. Life is good and continues to get better and better. We have blessings stacked like cord-wood on two continents: North America and Australia. Or as the engineer in me likes to say: we are belt-and suspender-blessed.
As mentioned in previous articles, my theme will be the bedrock importance of faith, family and friends in our lives and the lives of whom we hold dear: like-minded folks who share a common core set of values and beliefs. My article a fortnight ago focused on our recent Robbins Reunion and the passing of Uncle Rich (RIP). I mentioned we had a drone photograph the family … but didn’t have a digital photograph in my possession to include with that piece, so please see our drone photograph of the Robbins Family June 2018 Vintage. I love my family very much and thank the Good Lord that I was lucky enough to be born into such a fun, loud and fundamentally good family. We made lasting, multi generational memories that day….one of the best family reunions I have had the pleasure to attend. Our cousins, Janiene Denomme and Apryl Scayola and their families organized the whole event and it was spectacular. Job Well Done: Janiene and Apryl and family.
To celebrate my 50th birthday, Maria and I participated in the City2Surf 14K walk and fun run held annually here in Sydney. Race occurred on Sunday the 12th of August. Race began in downtown Sydney and followed the harbor and ultimately the Pacific Ocean coast line before finishing at the world-famous Bondi beach. We raised money for the Salvation Army (Salvos as the Aussies call it). Many thanks to all our donors: many family and friends kicked in their hard-earned dollars for a worthy cause. It was a spectacular day. Johnny stayed home with our lovely babysitter, Eden, who was one of his caregivers at his last pre-school/daycare, Little Learning School. She is terrific and Johnny really enjoys her company.
August 12th, incidentally, is also my Uncle Lou Zimmer’s 98th Birthday. Uncle Lou is my Mother’s oldest brother; John Louis’ namesake and Uncle Lou is one of my personal heroes who inspired me to become an Engineer. Uncle Lou is a long-retired Engineer and lives (on his own; 2X a Widower) in Laguna Woods in Southern California…still drives and serves as an inspiration to us all. Uncle Lou is a proud member of “The Greatest Generation” who served our country in WW2 as a USMC instructor after graduating with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Detroit in 1942. Absolute gem of a man who I love dearly. Uncle Lou is one of three surviving siblings from Grandma and Grandpa Lou Zimmer (RIP), family of fourteen. The other two are Aunt Judy Wiley (Saint Clair, baby of the family) and Uncle Dick Zimmer who lives well in Arizona. That’s all for now…. we will reconnect in a fortnight!
G’day, God Bless and Bob’s Your Uncle!
Robbins Family Oz