52 Ancestors Week 28 - Reunion
Ok - my reunion goes something like this.
My son and I were living in California and had not been home for a couple of years. I let mom and dad know we were coming home so they could pick us up at the airport. I don't care what year or time of day you are doing it, but flying in to O'Hare Airport is never fun.
We arrived on time, and of course, my parents were lost. With approximately 2,400 flights landing there each day, we decided we would just go to the luggage retrieval and hope they would go there also. (No cell phones back then). We finally ended up having them paged and met them at a particular place, and headed back home.
I was very tired and looking forward to soaking in the tub, and Michael wanted a shower. We talked a little on the ride home, but napped off and on during the hour and half ride.
We turned to go to my parents house, but then they turned left. I asked where we were going, and they said to my sister's house. Trying to hold my horror in, because I was exhausted, I asked "Why?"
They both turned around at the same time smiling and said, "We are surprising you with a family reunion."
Two blocks down the road and there wasn't a place to park. My entire family was there. My grandparents, aunts and uncles and all of my cousins. All sitting in my sister's backyard having a great time. Looking at Michael and I walking towards them, as if to say "Aren't you surprised?"
"Why, yes we were."
I went into her bathroom and freshened up a bit. Then I joined the party. They were cooking the regular foods; steak, hamburgers and hot dogs, and my sister's kitchen was full of desserts and salads. The kids were playing games.
It is always nice to be around family when you haven't seen them in a long time, and my family is very loving. I brought a Camcorder with me, and wanted to get everyone on it, so when we went home, Michael and I could look at it when we got lonely.
That was when the fun began. Michael was holding the recorder, and of course, nobody wanted their picture recorded. You know how they all turn away. So we got an old hat and asked everyone to try it on. The women were really having a great time with this, modeling that hat for everyone. Until we got to my Aunt Joanne. She looked terrific in the hat. She was a beautiful blonde. Michael was asking her questions. He was a big tease. She was joking along with him, and we were all laughing.
She got brave, and started to tell a joke. She would start the joke, mess up and start it again. She did this a couple of time, and we were all laughing really hard. She said, "I don't understand what is so funny". Michael said "Aunt Joanne, it is going to be funny when we play this back because you started the joke so many times". She said "What do you mean?" Michael said the same thing back to her to which she replied, "You mean this thing is recording my voice too?"
Everybody was hysterically laughing at this point. My tiredness was all gone and so was Michael's.
We had a great reunion, and were so glad we had the recording.