My uncle installing the last bolt that secures the grilling gazebo to it's brand new deck!
My maternal grandmother used to call a persons family, their "people". Throughtout the afternoon and evening, even when the sweat was stinging my eyes I was happy. Being with your people is easy and comforting. Over the years I haven't spent nearly as much time with my extended family as I should have, it happens to all of us I suppose, there will always be obstacles. I urge you to find your way around the obstacles and just be with "your people". My people are the nourishment that it seems my soul has been missing even if I didn't know it.
It seems that my siblings have been feeling the same way. For whatever cosmically unknown reason (maybe because our kids are older and that makes thing a little easier?) we finally are making time to get together and just be with our people. No occasion, no tragic event, just because. The weekend of August 4th will be "Siblingfest 2012" , I hope it becomes an annual event. We will be gathering at my aunt and uncles lake house, and hopefully their kids will be able to get home for it too. I hope we all eat, laugh and enjoy til it hurts!