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Family traditions in Wheeling, West Virginia

St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, West Virginia

St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, West Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheeling Creek as viewed upstream from Junior ...

Wheeling Creek as viewed upstream from Junior Avenue in the Elm Grove neighborhood of Wheeling, West Virginia. The mouth of Little Wheeling Creek is visible at center-left in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Downtown Wheeling

Downtown Wheeling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, West Vir...

Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, West Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love everything about family traditions, especially how they come about.  Here’s a family tradition in my family: going to Wheeling, West Virginia.

My Dad was born in Wheeling 82 years ago today  on

Downtown Wheeling, West Virginia and the Ohio ...

Downtown Wheeling, West Virginia and the Ohio River as viewed from Wheeling Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April 7, 1930.  He moved away from Wheeling when he was in his 20s.  I was born in 1963 and he started taking me to Wheeling soon after I was born.  I grew up spending summers there with my grandmother, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  When my son was born in 1991, I started taking him.  I don’t think there’s been a year when my son and I have not returned to Wheeling.  It’s in our blood.  I can’t separate my love for Wheeling from my love for my Dad, my family, and the tradition.  They are all one thing.  I believe that one day my son will take his kids there.  Family traditions are the lifeblood of a family.