My brother Joey and his wife Janie are in town visiting this week. Joey and Janie live in Louisville. Joey is one year, one month and one day older than me. It seems like we only see each other at weddings and funerals. This visit there is no wedding scheduled and everyone seems pretty healthy.
Yesterday our family gathered to enjoy each other’s company. We met at Dad’s condo and took over the pool area. His condo has a great pool house party room. There is a gas grill we put to good use. Grayson is our designated grill man. Grayson knows how to play a grill, ‘just like a ringing a bell’ to quote Chuck Berry.
When our family gets together my Dad, who is nearly 91 years old is the most senior. My brother and I (we are in our sixties) and our wives (who’s ages we do not reveal) represented the second generation and my sons Jay and Grayson (these guys are in their 30‘s but appear much younger) represented the third generation. The fourth generation comprised of grandchildren from age 9 to 16 rounded out attendance at our family outing.
At these family events we have grown accustom to hearing people say:
You have really grown.
I didn’t know that!
I don’t remember.
I can’t remember anything.
I’ve never seen a potato do that!
How hot do those get?
Do you ever see _____________?
I can’t believe how much weight he’s lost.
I can’t believe how much weight he’s gained.
Do they float?
You’re the best.
No you’re the best.
We sure do miss you.
We have to do this again soon.
I love you.
If your family is like our family you probably hear these same expression or slight variations at your outings. The only one that is important is the last one.
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Manzie R Lawfer