Pvt. William Sumner

I’ve been scanning more family photos recently and came across many of my great uncle, William Sumner, who died in a plane crash during World War II, while on a training mission in Florida.

He was the middle brother, in between my grandfather Harry (died 2007) and my great Uncle Joe. Before the war, William was a pilot for Pan Am. He had a fiance. He died June 17, 1945, while my grandfather was fighting in Europe. My father was named after him.

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Visiting the Nephews

Here are some photos of my trip to Charleston, South Carolina where I visited my nephews, Ryan and Henry.

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We went to the library, where Ryan found his friend Arthur.
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Ryan and I played a lot.
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Henry and Lilly.
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Teeth!
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I read him all of these books.
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Dada with the kids.
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Having some fun right before I had to leave.

25 Years Ago, I Got Bar Mitzvahed

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I was Bar Mitzvahed on June 17, 1989, at Shaare Tefila when it was still in Silver Spring. I even remember the first couple of verses from my haftorah, Naso. Rest in peace to the man who prepared me, Cantor Gershon Levin, who died this past Memorial Day.

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Cantor Gershon Levin.

The photos of my family and I on the bima at Shaare Tefila were taken, I believe, a day earlier.

The Two Jakes

I’ve had two cats named Jake. The first was one my parents got before I was born. He had a brother named Theodore.

In 1992, after Jake and Theodore died, my cousin Matt brought home another all-black cat. Since the second one looked so much like the first, we just kept the name.

The first Jake.
The first Jake kept that collar on. The other didn’t.
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The first Jake lived more than 15 years.
The second Jake.
Zach pets the second Jake.
The second Jake.
The second Jake as a kitten.
In 1994, Jake got some company when we got our beagle, Daisy.
In 1994, Jake got some company when we got our beagle, Daisy.
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I’m not sure if he liked it when I did this, but he stayed there long enough for a couple of photos and didn’t scratch me.
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Jake once kicked my grandmother out of this seat by climbing up behind her and making noise on the wooden blinds. She still talks about it to this day.
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Jake died in 2008 at the age of 16, just like the other Jake.