July 23, 2009
Fireworks, Fireflies, Smores, and a Jig
This evening at my aunt's farm here in Virginia, we had a lot of types of fun (me, my son, my daughter, my mom, my niece, my aunt, two of my cousins and my cousins once removed, and some more family from other sides):
- I caught my first firefly in my hands, and watched it in a jar for a few minutes before letting it go
- We swam in the pool and danced the Virginia Reel in the water (8 of us)
- I swang in the hammock under the trees
- I walked down to the gazebo by the pond with my niece (16) and my son (14) and watched the sunset reflected in the still water and had fun taking photos of each others' silhouettes against the scenery with my iPhone
- We enjoyed interacting with the 3 dogs of varying sizes and breeds, and the 4 cats, and we saw 3 deer strolling in the evening air, and cows and horses in the pastures. We tried to converse with the bovines in American Cow, but it must have come out more Swiss Cow, since they didn't really seem to get our point.
- We danced mini versions of the Jolly Gordon, In-Out-and-Across, Sheena's Saunter, Soldier's Joy, Sellenger's Round, and the Pattycake Polka in the living room (with only 6-8 dancers! A very small circle!)
- Some of us played croquet
- We enjoyed an all-American meal: grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, ketchup, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, green salad with walnuts and strawberries, and watermelon, and then made s'mores over a fire outside. The onions for the dinner came straight out of my aunt's garden just before we ate - I had never seen onions in the ground before. Thrilling somehow. She grew them from seed.
- We waved sparklers in the dark, and then set off a couple of ground-based fireworks while singing songs like the National Anthem and America the Beautiful.
- For good measure, we also sang some Christmas carols in harmony there outside in the dark. Not so surprising we would think of that, given that my aunt keeps two Christmas trees lit up in her living room even in July (this comes from my grandmother, who had a Christmas room all year too).
- We hugged and chatted and enjoyed being together
Thank you, God of all good gifts, for this lovely evening, and the rain going away in time, and for my family. Talked about my husband and how nice it would have been to have had him there. I do miss that uniquely wonderful man. Get to see him soon, yay.
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Having been there and participated in almost all of the aforementioned activities, I can attest to the magic of family, some from across the sea, getting together for fun times, making memories for our own children to share later with their children. It was a time for loving each other, listening, and laughter! Thank you, God, and also to my sister for having such a huge heart and a place to dance, wet or dry!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Jul 30, 2009 8:15:14 PM
Don't forget the etymology of "hamburger" when you talk about an all-American meal.
Posted by: Martin LaBar | Aug 2, 2009 12:00:50 AM
Hope you have or had a good time in the US of A. (Sounds like it was fun up till & including when you posted.)
Posted by: paul merrill | Aug 3, 2009 10:54:01 PM
Being the Aunt mentioned, I can attest, you are the most appreciative, loving, caring niece any Aunt would love to have...and not because you are my only one! LOL! We did have a magical time. Thanks for putting it all on paper being our eye on the world. Cedar Hill Paradise Farm is certainly living up to its name, and I am so glad you were there and I saw you catch your first firefly.
Posted by: willow | Aug 17, 2009 3:49:09 PM