Oh my goodness! It was so good to take the boys and go see their extended cousins and family, they had so much fun, and so did I.
The boys had a blast playing with cousins, swimming in the lake, jumping off the rope swing, sliding down the slip-n-slide, and just hanging out.
I enjoyed recanting old stories and reminding everyone that I was not always the black sheep of the family.
“Remember when all the boys put Granny in the bull pen when she was nine months pregnant to see if she could escape before a bull got her?”
Cause I remembered that story. No one except my parents and uncle remembered that, probably because their lives were most at stake.
One of my cousins worked for the CIA and one worked for the FBI.
I did not achieve such success. But am happy to attend family reunions at their lake houses.
Years ago, when my cousin was ask what he did for the FBI, his sister quipped, “Oh please, he probably just takes the trash out.”
These are other memories of family reunions past…
Getting on the ski boat and whoever was skiing immediately getting drug over to the side of the lake with tons of tree stumps. This was to “show us what you’re made of.”
I started driving the boat at age 8 and still cannot water ski to this day, for fear of dying. I can, however, hang on to a intertube better than most.
We also use to play spoons, sort of the adult version of musical chairs with cards. I remember lamps getting knocked over and elbows thrown in jaws as my elders would dive for spoons, or pretend they had four of a kind. I can only imagine what would have happened had money been at stake.
I remember telling the story of my grandfather learning to drive at age five, and the eldest generation laughing and recanting the stories of their parents also learning to drive at such a young age.
“I remember Buck steering and Bud pushing the peddle down and them driving to the general store!” One cousin remarked as we laughed and recalled other things they would have been thrown in jail for these days.
Thank the lord iPhones were only recently invented. God bless Texas, and God bless family.