Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Ahh, Family Time

I am only just beginning to process all of the wonderful gems that came out of spending an entire week with my extended family last week. Here are just a few of the things I learned from the kids (five in all: ages 6, two 8 year olds, 10, 13):

My youngest came to me the day after the interment of my Dad's ashes. She'd had a particularly rough night the night before, waking several times in the middle of the night and getting belligerent and mean about ridiculously trivial things. She asked me to go around the corner with her so we could have some privacy and as we sat down together she put her hands underneath her thighs, lowered her eyes and said, "I just don't feel like myself, Mommy. There is something missing....You know when you're doing a puzzle and you get it all done but there is one piece you can't find and you're really upset? That's me. I have a puzzle piece missing." Whoa! This is my six-year-old.

One night when we were sitting around talking about the virtues of popsicles on a hot day my nephew, who for all intents and purposes appeared to be ignoring the adults as he put together a puzzle (!) on the floor, began humming the theme song to "Kim Possible." My ears perked up because this happens to be a cartoon my girls love. Right as he reached the end he blurted out, "KIM POP-SICLE. Wanna lick?" I laughed so hard (in front of my in-laws and my 13 year old niece who was blushing scarlet) that I literally fell off the couch. Oops.

The one night you pitch a tent in the backyard to have a sleepover with your cousins will be the night we have a thunderstorm and it pours rain. This won't matter because you and your cousins, worn out from swimming and fishing and bouncing on the trampoline and riding the ATV, will sleep right through it and accuse the adults of lying when they tell you about it the next day.

Fishing for the first time with your beloved uncle is so much fun you won't even care if you ever get a bite. Standing on the riverbank in a kid-size fishing vest learning to cast over and over again is enough.

You CAN eat sugar snap peas happily every day for a week if your mother picks them from Grandma's garden each morning.

Cousins are the best invention ever.


Jerri said...

So very glad to see the happy dripping from your words.

Cousins are, indeed, wonderful.

So are you.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

GREAT list, and like Jerri said, so good to hear happy between your words!

And yes, cousins are it on a stick.

Deb said...

Cousins are siblings without the rivalry. There is no relationship happier or cleaner or more satisfying.

What a wise daughter you have! No surprise there.

So glad you had this week and the magic of summer healing.

Michelle O'Neil said...

So glad you had a great vacation.

megan said...

Isn't summer awesome? Welcome back m'dear. Take your time. Hope 6 is finding her pieces.

paul maurice martin said...

And cousins can become quasi-siblings in certain pinch-hit situations...

My site's been updated - may be of interest.

Jess said...

I agree, cousins are the best. Don't know what I'd do without them.

Sounds like some lovely times with family. That's great to hear. :)

Miss Devylish said...

So sweet.. love that. That little one of yours is pretty whip-ass smart.. xo

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