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Missing May

June 3, 2009

Long time, no post. It was a big month.

  • We  had a nice, long visit with my aunt and uncle, who spent 10 days with us, wishing for the usual hot and humid weather rather than the rainy and cool. For the first time in many years, we had to skip our annual bocce tournament. When the skies finally cleared, they passed on cocktails and lawn bowling in favor of manual labor at our house. Because that’s just the kind of people they are.
  • My grandfather, who is looking forward to his 92nd birthday, came with them and is staying longer. We’re glad.
  • We missed a few who weren’t with us, and a couple who aren’t with us, and tried to laugh and look up.
  • We celebrated my mother’s birthday with a dinner out at a local restaurant that offers giant tables and the best hushpuppies in the world. Jack marked the occasion with his first-ever real temper tantrum. People stared. A few days later, we celebrated mine by knocking half the house down and condensing our lives into the kitchen and living room. Clearly we know how to party.
  • D and I celebrated our anniversary, which for all of its five years now has coincided with other landmark events – graduations, new jobs, new (old) house, new baby — and this year,  new construction. I’m offering that history as a partial explanation for our official fifth-anniversary date, which involved choosing windows, doors and siding and driving through McDonald’s. But there’s always plenty of love. And just as important, we like each other an awful lot. (I wanted to have a Cinco en Mayo party to prove it, but we don’t have enough roof for any more than our three heads, so that pun stops here.)

It was all a little blurry and out of breath, a little out of control and lots of fun.



I borrowed the title of this post from Cynthia Rylant’s beautiful book, which I would recommend for any age, in any month.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 11:40 am

    Was the tantrum at the Catfish Hole? Pretty good place to have a tantrum considering other options… Catfish Hole is a pretty wild, kid-frienfly place. So, when are we going to get together again?… I hope all is well!

  2. Elizabeth permalink
    June 4, 2009 1:51 pm

    Those pictures are beautiful, L!

  3. June 8, 2009 3:06 am

    You manage to make everything sound lovely, even the part about tearing half your house apart!

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