Tuesday, July 28, 2009

RTT: Post-IT Notes
from the Knight Gathering

(A few final glimpses from this year's family reunion)

  • My Sister-S' two young daughters, the Double A's, standing in the hallway outside their room singing "Daddy took my blankie away - Daddy give my blankie back" over and over.

    [It appeared they had been temporarily evicted from the room while Mommy and Daddy packed up to check out of the hotel. The girls told me they expected to have their blankets returned in the car - but this mild protest was clearly designed to hasten the restoration of those beloved blankets.]
  • Overheard* during a card game: "You're arrogant - but in a nice way."

    [My Sister-W...to me. Every once in a while, I just don't know what to say.]
  • Cousin-A's two boys sitting in the waiting room of Mercy Hospital Cadillac - mesmerized by the Disney Channel.

    [They are both under age 10 - and it was impossible to tell from their demeanor how much they understood of their grandfather's condition in the Emergency Room. Of course, none of the adults understood much more than they did, in truth.]
  • Littlest-A (my youngest sister's younger daughter) pretending to be be a fearsome monster in front of her great-grandmother.

    [This exemplary performance took place immediately following the annual Group Photo shoot outside the hotel. Her attempts to be fearsome where somewhat undercut by her overall size and appearance, i.e. small and very cute.]
  • Sister-W and The Boy leaping up for a Nerf football like the deciding touchdown for a Super Bowl was on the line.

    [It clearly would have garnered a pass interference or unsportsmanlike conduct call from the referees (had they been present). When I called out to The Boy, "Don't hurt your Aunt-W!", he responded incredulously, "Me? Hurt her? She's trying to kill me!"]
  • Watching my mother and Sister-W playing cards together - and seeing how they have become the same person.

    [My sister is the younger model of her mother; they look alike, they sound alike, they think alike. It's kind of frightening actually.]
  • Overheard during a euchre game:

    Mom: I see you're wearing your sexy shirt?

    Sister-S: What?

    M: Well, you can clearly see...

    S: What? My nipple? I'm wearing a bra!

    M: No - but you can clearly see your cleavage.

    S: Mom - I've got no boobs!

    [As a semi-objective observer, the top was not very...revealing.]
Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon...where the men play euchre, the woman wear revealing clothing and the children are all singing for their blankets.

Take care.

Uncle-R Update:
He is scheduled to be released from the hospital today. I will try to update Twitter or Facebook with more news during the day if possible.

* OK - she said it right to my face


Middle Aged Woman said...

I am pleased Sister S was able to work in the term 'nipple' while speaking to your mom about something so ridiculous!

Jess said...

Ohhh sounds so much more tame than my family...the poker games usually end up with drinks flying and the words YOU CHEATED being bellowed by at least 3 out of the 5 people playing...

Anonymous said...

You are quite a civilized bunch. Hope Uncle R gets well soon!

Captain Dumbass said...

The Double-A's singing made me think of the two creepy girls in The Shining. I'm sure chanting works.

Jim Styro said...

MAW: Oh, sure! Anything to provoke your mother-in-law (who is, I admit, quite easy to provoke). I may have done it once or twice myself.

Jess & Dedene: Um...did you ladies miss the post on Sunday? 'Cause, if you reached these conclusions AFTER reading that post, I'm clearly not communicating this whole family reunion thing effectively. People being thrown out of hotel rooms, assault and battery? "Tame" and "civilized" don't enter into it.

Captain: Dude, they weren't trying to put a curse on their Dad. I have to admit I've never seen The Shining (I don't generally like horror films; who started the idea that being scared was a good time?) - but I will say that there is nothing creepy about the Double A's. They are lovable through and through.

bernthis said...

this would be my family reunion:

!!!!!!!!! yelling, 24/7