What could be better than a day spent with five generations of a wonderful family? We haven’t done this in years; in fact I don’t remember us ever getting together before without our men folk. Sorry guys, it was great to talk without you! And we didn’t talk about you, much.
We met at my cousin Evelyn’s lovely home. I told her if it is always that clean and beautiful I’m not going to let her visit me at my house! We reminisced about the hours and hours we spent sweeping an old cement foundation in the lot next to Mama’s house. It was our “house” and we took great care of it. We also helped clean Mama’s house because it made us feel like grownups.
My three aunts, their cousin, Evelyn’s daughter, and her daughter’s daughter-in-law were all present for lunch and visiting. (Unfortunately we had about six women missing because of illness and schedules. We will meet again!) For entertainment we had Evelyn’s great-grandson. He cooed, sang baby songs, and laughed at us. He didn’t cry all day! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a happy baby.
We had a wonderful soup, sandwich, and salad lunch, followed by too much dessert. But I’m only feeling a little guilty! lol It was so good! Most of the women in our family can actually cook- I just didn’t get all the good genes.
I took pictures, but I only took my little camera with me. And I have to apologize for not noticing that the light from Evelyn’s ceiling fans was very bright and very orange. However, I will treasure these pictures forever, despite their flaws and mine.
Evelyn has the gardening gene and has a wonderful yard and koi pond. Of course I had to take photos of that! J
The best part of the day was just listening to my aunts talk about their childhood and their parents and my mom. They had photo albums with them and I was delighted to see several photos that were new to me. My Aunt Betty had one of Mom that I had never seen and she went back to my house with me later to let me scan it. I’ll share it tomorrow.
Of course this wasn’t just a gathering of women talking about the past. Each woman present, including my aunts, is busy with a job, business, family, or all three. The women in our family have never been idle! We talked about the things we are doing and the things we no longer spend time doing. We compared notes on hobbies and children and even money-saving ideas. And of course there was a discussion of health and flu and those who were not able to be with us.
It was a wonderful day and I hope we will meet again soon.