Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence? What Independence?

As you are reading this, I am stepping into the chaos I like to call our Bi-Annual July 4th Family Reunion. Every minute of this holiday I will be surrounded by aunts, crying babies and pregnant cousins, husbands trying to avoid the creek and pre-schoolers trying to sneak into it, frogs, poison ivy, and noise.  Sweet, glorious, family noise that cannot be duplicated by any other gathering.  There will be arguments and political discussions much snappier than any fireworks display, lots of hugging, sitting on laps, porch swinging, and water fights.  In short, if one thinks of "independent" as solitary in the least, my weekend will be anything but.  It will be, however, jam-packed with love, a tribute to all things family!  So, red, white and blue hats off to the all-American family picnic weekend, ants and all.  I will survive!!  Have a great holiday!! 

6 comments:

Threeundertwo said...

You are blessed! I have a million far-flung relatives and this type of gathering just doesn't happen for us. Throw some water-balloons for me, but skip the poison ivy. Thanks!

Daisy said...

Fabulous way to spend this holiday! Enjoy!

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

sounds delightful. Always love those familiar gatherings and their commensurate insanity! Have a wonderful time!

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Hey Barb- We'll miss you at your other bi-annual (odd years!) July 4th traditional party! But, the Boss will be blaring from the speakers, the beer will be cold, and we'll carry on without you.

And hey, if any of you are in St. Louis, MO, stop on by. We're the obnoxious front yard party on Adams Ave.

Insane Mama said...

Have Fun! We just returned from our annual reunion and it was a blast except for the whole teenager gloom ordeal.

Barb McKone said...

three under two- I do feel blessed! It was laid back this time due to a strange family year- a nice time just to catch up with cousins- we won't know about the poison ivy for a few days-

ward cleaver- Yes! Insane! How many people can the largest cousins throw into a pool? It never changes...