Sunday July 29, 2012
Tonight we had the pleasure of going to a going away party thrown by us by Matt’s side of the family, a kind of kick-off for all the good-byes we’ll be saying this week. Arriving at his grandma’s house we found all the t.v. trays set up in the living room and the seats laid out in a specific order with everyone assigned to the same certain seat, just as they have been since I started coming here 12 years ago. And I had learned years ago, don’t ever deviate from that seat you’ve been assigned. Once all the family had arrived it didn’t take long for us to move to the dinning room and fill up our plates going around the table buffet style. The theme for decorations was tropical and Matt’s mom had even run around town tracking down matching plates, napkins and balloons displaying that theme and dotted with sailboats on the front. Hanging from the chandelier were cut outs of tropical flowers and placed on top of the soda cans were paper umbrellas. Back on the dessert table Matt’s cousin had baked and decorated cookies in the shapes of sailboats, seagulls, and mermaids. In addition to the labor that had gone into the cookies alone there was a beautifully decorated cake showing the globe and a sailboat cookie sailing across it’s horizon.
Although conversation had originally started about the trip and the route it quickly turned toward family stories which I enjoy the most. Just like every Christmas when we get together everyone went through recounting humorus stories of their childhood, some of which I’d heard before and love to hear again and some that were brand new to me. We recounted instances of how Matt and his siblings would use inappropriate language as children and I leared that if his mom laughs too hard while eating there’s a chance something may come out her nose. This is something I really wish I knew in the 13 months we’d been living there, I would have pounced on her with a joke as soon as she took a bite of food. There were stories of funny things pets would do and our first clunkers of cars. It was a great way to say good-bye to everyone, not talking about what’s to come but instead reliving the great times from our pasts together. Thank you to Matt’s family for the wonderful send off.