Schisler-Tims family in Rio

By Susanna Melo

James Nelson, Glaucia, Uncle Ed, Tia Frances (Tims)

My uncle Ed and Aunt Nancy were our only blood relatives living in Brazil (other relatives moved back to the U.S.) and every now and then our families would get together to vacation in Macae where they had a “sitio” (country home). Since my family always lived in southern Brazil, trips to Rio were not too frequent.

Perhaps the last time that we were all together was 45 years ago when we were kids and our diversions were as simple as putting on skits for our parents, staying up late at night telling horror stories while sleeping on the floor, or competing to see who would be the first to dive into the cold ocean water.

Back in 2003 our families came together once again, but this time in Sao Paulo for two formal ceremonies. My mother was getting re-married to Uncle Ed’s best friend, and my aunt and uncle were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. We cousins were delighted in seeing each other and meeting each other’s children for the first time. Lots of photos were taken, but because of the crowds and limited time, we really didn’t interact or connect as expected.

Over the years, we would get news from the Tims through my Aunt Nancy who had the talent of story telling. We loved her letters and loved hearing about our cousins. I know my father reciprocated with letters to his sister telling her about us. But after Aunt Nancy’s death to cancer soon after her 50th wedding anniversary celebration, those letters stopped coming and in a way, we lost touch.

Eduardo, Frances Marie, and Susanna

Our trip to Rio was to reconnect with my Uncle Ed and his second wife, Tia Frances, and my cousins, spouses and their children, who are mostly young adults. We had a great visit with all of them and got caught up on the news. Frances Marie Tims is a veterinarian and owns “Animalia Vet and Pet Shop” along with her husband’s cousin. Her husband Eduardo, Ph.D. in Forest Engineering, works at the Rural University in Rio. Paula, 25, has graduated in journalism and cinema; Lila, 18, has just taken the entrance exams into university for Vet school, and Leonardo, 10, is a soccer fanatic. James Nelson Tims and wife, Glaucia, have worked for TAM airlines as flight attendants for the past few years; before they worked for Varig airlines, but it went bankrupt. Their oldest daughter is interning as an architect and the youngest daughter is in high school.

Uncle Ed and Tia Frances seem happy together. And we were happy that we had quality time with them and my cousins.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Schisler-Tims family in Rio

  1. Julio César santos costa says:

    Meu nome é Julio Costa, fui amigo nos tempos de infância, em Volta Redonda, Estado do Rio de Janeiro., do James Nelson, tenho muitas boas lembranças desse tempo, dona Nancy e Pastor Tims, queria, se possível fosse, falar com o James, se ele puder, pode entrar em contato comigo., hoje vivo em New Jersey USA, meu Email é: cassiacesar@hotmail.com . Obrigado

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