Family photos

Copyright Millard Schisler, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Kennedy Schisler family, by Susanna Melo

Samuel Giordano's family, by Susanna Melo

Millard Schisler's family

Susanna Melo's family

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Just another day in paradise

Sisters Susanna Melo and Debora Schisler

Brothers Millard and Kennedy Schisler

Cousins, Christmas 2011, Florianopolis

This is what a good movie looks like

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Being together is all that matters

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

The sky was cloudy; the water was cold; but spirits were high when we visited a beach on the southern part of the island of Florianopolis.

A family of good storytellers (and listeners)

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

We sat around in a big circle. We pretended that a TV remote was a microphone. Then we “interviewed” each other. “Sam, how did you meet De?” “Melanie, tell us about dumpster diving.” Some of the answers are already known. We’ve heard the stories before, but we want to hear them again. Others are new. This is the first time that Marcelo joined a big family gathering. Same for Nicole. With so much truth flying about, I hope they didn’t get scared 🙂 I hope that all families use their holidays to bond by telling stories, with or without “microphones.”

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

A multicultural Merry Christmas

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

We all thank Tamaz Jalagania and Nana Imnadze for sharing their homemade Georgian wine.

Before we left Tbilisi, Tamaz and Nana gave us a 2-liter Coke bottle of his brother’s red wine from Kakheti, Georgia. Tamaz wrapped it and wrapped it and wrapped it some more in plastic so it would survive the long journey to Brazil. In order to show our appreciation for their generosity, I gathered the family together and took this photograph before we ate our delicious Christmas dinner.

Missing from the photo is Edith Schisler, the matriarch of the family. The day before Edith was supposed to leave Rutland, Vermont, to fly to Brazil, she slipped on a banana peel in a parking lot, fell, and severely hurt herself. As a result, she missed her family reunion. But we used Skype so that Edith could join us. Edith said the prayers for our Christmas dinner. Everyone cried.

In the photo you can see Edith’s four children: Debora, Susanna, Kennedy, and Millard. In addition, you can see Debora’s husband and their two daughters and one of their daughter’s boyfriends; Susanna and her two sons and one of her son’s girlfriends; Kennedy’s wife and their three children; Millard’s wife and two of their children. I’m taking the photo. Also missing are two of Millard’s children with their spouses and children.

From all of us, to all of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011