May 20, 2006

Rain and cold

When my sister planned Red-haired Niece’s college graduation party, she pictured a sunny May afternoon, all of us sitting outside in the backyard eating and talking, perhaps even getting tanned. Instead, temperatures today were in the forties, with rain and a cold north wind.

We all crammed into the house, filling every room, juggling plates of food, talking and joking. The gang of teenage musicians piled their instruments and amps into one room for a long jam session. Some folks hovered in the kitchen, close to the trays and bowls of food crammed onto the counter. Some of us played musical chairs in the living room, grabbing the empty seat any time someone got up to go get more food.

When the rain stopped, we went outside for a fire, huddling close to the flames for warmth. When we went back inside for another round of eating, the warmth made everyone sleepy, and soon bodies were draped all about the furniture, in the way that people sit when they are relaxed and comfortable and full of good food. A good party, despite the weather.

5 comments:

Leslee said...

That reminds me of Christmas and Thanksgiving at my grandmother's house when I was growing up. It's priceless!

Tabitha Grimalkin said...

Sounds like fun!

Writer Chica said...

Jo(e),
I have been reading your blog off and on for the last couple of months. I am struck by how much you just love life. You have this amazing and wonderful child-like joy and wonder. It's always a treat to read your post for the day.

Writer Chica

zelda1 said...

We recently had a family reunion and are having another one in June with just my eight living siblings. On the most recent reunion with aunts and uncles and cousins, well, we thought it was going to rain, so we held the cook out on my sister's covered patio, and we ate in her very clean garage. Rain and cold are like that, unpredicatable at best and at the worst come at the wrong time, but it's nice to have a roof over our heads to let the show go on. Congratulations to your niece on her major life hurdle.

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