Saturday, November 24, 2007

NaBloPoMo - Day 24 - a family reunion

I am in the Gulf of Mexico for a huge family reunion at my mom's place. Children are everywhere. Cousins, whom I treasure, but rarely see. Stuffing ourselves with collards and fresh shrimp, oysters - raw and baked, and tonight a BBQ feast. Life is good.

It is a new experience to be here in November. I am used to the heat of the summer, the way the humidity perches on your skin. The luxury of a warm ocean. The greys of the oak trees and rich greens of the shrubs stand in contrast to the white sugar sand.

Last night I sat with my cousins, reminiscing and drinking gallons of sweet tea. This has been a special time and I am soaking it up. Hearing the older generation speak of the generations before them, and sharing stories, is almost like going back in time. Or maybe they are here, with us.

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  1. So glad you were able to get down there, create these memories.

    It sounds lovely.

    (I'm taking my tea piping hot today. I'm freezing...)

  2. Southern sweetened iced tea! Yum!!

  3. Oh how I long to be there with you. Collards, shrimp, sweet tea...all siren songs to me.

  4. Where on the gulf are you? I love the coast in fall and winter.

  5. I wish I had known! Next time tell me in advance so I can bum my aunt's house in the plantation off of her!


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