While we were in Tucson in February our youngest son Patrick, his wife Mysha and their son (our only grandchild so far) Ronan were scheduled to be in Phoenix for a few days to go the wedding of a friend.
That week was also the annual DSS Sales Meeting. DSS (Door Security Solutions) is the in house sales team for ASSA ABLOY (my employer) commercial products in the USA. It consists of nearly 500 field sales people and support staff. In my prior role as a Group President I obviously was very involved with this fantastic team. Now I remain a direct employee but have stepped away from my full time role and act as more of a consultant. In any case I was asked to attend the meeting and was pleased to be going. By coincidence and great stroke of luck the meeting was in Tempe (right next to Phoenix) this year!
So with both events going on we obviously decided to spend that week back in Phoenix. We had a really low monthly rate at the RV Park in Tucson so there was no point in cancelling there. We thought about driving Elsie (our RV) to Phoenix for the week, but we planned to have Ronan overnight when Patrick and Mysha went to the wedding, so Leslie arranged for a time share we have to be used as it is more of an apartment type facility. The place she selected was The Legacy off Baseline Rd. just south of downtown Phoenix.
Patrick, Mysha and Ronan stayed with our older son James and his wife Alma. But they all came to our time share every day for dinner or to hang out at the pool. James and Alma were there most of the time as well and the entire week was just a blast. We had a little birthday celebration for Mysha one evening, and Ronan stayed overnight and away from his parents for the first time in his life. The overnight visit went very well, and while I helped Leslie did a MiMi level job being in charge and taking care of every detail with the baby.
The sales meeting went very well for me and I was able to have some productive sessions with some of the senior staff about specific strategy issues. It felt good to contribute again, even if it was just minor.
And we had a great time with our boys, their wives and our grandson. I cooked one night, we had pizza once, took everyone out to the Legacy restaurant at the golf club, had game night: it was all just wonderful to spend this time with everyone.