So we are humming around here a lot these days. This was picked up while at the hospital this fall and continues with us.......but she does it when she's happy, so I guess the Humming Turkey Day is okay! Thanksgiving was the best ever in terms of food and fellowship! The happy humming girl went to spend the night with the Nans and Pops (AKA Nana and Poppy AKA Bumpa!) and life is good!
Today, Den's Aunt and Uncle came in all the way from MN to spend some time with us. Wes wasn't doing too well so we ordered in for dinner. We had much recollecting on the D family's past years as well as a few of my memories of spending T day with my M family. I sincerely miss running into my Grampa's house, grabbing coffee with a lot of creamer and sugar and a cookie out of the box, quickly finding a seat and seeing how long you could stay there before you had to pee......see seating was a premium at Grampa M's and if you peed then you might stand or take a lesser wanted seat for a while. I remember that I preferred sitting with the adults at the large Oak round table as opposed to going outside with my cousins.
Now in the summer, there were grapes to check for ripeness on the vine or Garter snakes to scare younger ones with....but fall and winter? Yup, sitting till ya had to pee was the way to go. The adults played cards and told stories about things THEY had done as kids. I loved all the stories! They were like little tidbits of heaven. Hearing how "Butch and Rusty" (My Dad and Uncle Russ) would have their jeans slung so low that they would get in trouble, and their cigarettes rolled up in their sleeves while on the prowl in downtown Hastings! Or the antics of Marion and Shirley. One never knew what stories might spill and I for one did NOT intend to miss a single one! You never knew when a good one would emerge!
I remember all the smells; food cooking, cigarette smoke so thick I'd have to go out in the snow bank for a while because my eyes were burning, laughter, sadness, waiting for the bathroom, waiting for a chair (luckily everyone had to pee at some point!).....Christmas traditions like the "white elephant" auction! There was a Buddha lamp that made the rounds for years! Such joy was always in the air. I was always happy there!
I wish that Mac had that big of a family around her. We went there every Sunday afternoon like clockwork. Cousins, more cousins, Aunts, Uncles, assorted friends, always at least thirty people. I am really missing Gramma and Grampa M. I think this year more than ever. I see Mac growing up still with the White Elephant fun but without tons of family around. I wonder if it will affect her. I wonder if the family traditions will fade with time. Will she keep them alive in her family? Will Chelsie and Brit? I think so.....I hope so.....I wish I could sit around that big Oak Round Table one more time and listen to all the laughter!