I slogged through the morning while Mr. Moon went over to Lily's to do some target-shooting with the bow with Owen and got myself ready to go into town for yet another awesome family luncheon, this one with every one of us except for Jason who had to work and we missed him.
May and Michael have Michael's beautiful mother Chris visiting them and May suggested that we all go out together so that we could hang out with Chris and no one would have to cook and that was an excellent idea and of course we went to El Patron because not only do we like the food but they know us and they do most of their business at night so our ten adults and five children or whatever we were did not overstrain the staff.
We looked something like this.
Levon was overwhelmed. So was his grandmother.
Gibson sat next to Chris and engaged her in conversation, as he does, and at one point announced that he and she would be Christmas friends FOREVER! I am not sure how this statement came about but it was reported to me by two reliable witnesses, one of them Chris herself. Gibson is just about the most social person I've ever met. The word "stranger" is not in his vocabulary.
Oh, my family! I would look around and listen and catch the flying bits of so many different conversations,
(Pretty sure this one was about the best methods of cooking and eating hotdogs.)
serious and non-, laughter, catching-up, helping children, sharing food, passing hot sauce, ordering of drinks, and on and on and on. Levon was passed about, Maggie visited first one of us and then the other and by the time it was all over, she and August were running around and had to be corralled and taken outside to the empty deck where Vergil played freeze-tag with all of the kids who can run which is everyone but Levon, of course. There's an old cash register on that deck and the children love to play restaurant there. At one point, Gibson was the bartender and cashier and Owen was the chef. The prices were a bit high- I believe that Vergil was told that his Pina Colada would be sixty-thousand dollars, but the food and drinks were delicious.
Even Maggie and August got into the act and I got this little video which I adore and cherish because once again, here we are watching those two cousins interact and this time, make-believe is being tossed into the mix which is the very foundation for intelligent thinking and a lifetime of original thought to my way of thinking. My favorite part is the last ten seconds or so where August tries to tell Maggie how to do her job and she stares off into the distance and says, "Ummmm....no."
That's my girl!
Do it the way you want to, Magnolia June!
Of course later on she got mad because Gibson wouldn't let her run the cash register and tried to bite him on the back but that's another story. Plus- no blood, no foul so all was well and Gibson remained cheerful in his task.
Eventually, we all kissed and hugged and kissed and hugged and said good-bye and I spent about half the rest of the afternoon on the bed, reading and dozing.
"It is a resting day," I announced and pronounced.
And so it was. My husband even joined me for awhile which was very sweet.
Sundays can generally bite my ass but this one was not so bad and getting that video was priceless for me. El Patron was as kind and tolerant of us as they always are and I have a feeling that when these children grow up, they are going to remember eating there with deep fondness.
It's still crazy hot. I got four eggs today. I am going to make a casserole with the leftover snapper from last night and it will involve noodles.
I asked August yesterday how his marble was doing.
"Pretty good," he said.
And that's an accurate description of this Sunday in September in North Florida, 2018.
I love that video, and August's pretty good marble (and everything else) and picturing that happy loving lunch.ReplyDelete
August is also so serious about that "pretty good." I'm glad you liked the video, Jill!Delete
Pretty good indeed! The video is priceless and I love that you are making August a dress. Much love.ReplyDelete
I've got to get started on that dress!Delete
Much love back!
OMG, that video is priceless! I loved hearing August say Maggie’s name. I was just thinking about my cousins today ~ we grew up close like yours are. We’re in our fifties and sixties now and they are my oldest, dear friends. It’s a beautiful thing.ReplyDelete
Your family is golden.
How I hope that my grandchildren are close forever. Such a dear and strong connection.Delete
That sounds like a good Sunday family get together; restaurants are so convenient, no cooking by us is needed. My Sunday today was church and then the lst meeting of the new group for widows with a fabulous free lunch at church, attended by ten widows.ReplyDelete
Not only no cooking but no cleaning up and no decisions about what to make and who should bring what and whether to use paper plates or real and on and on and on! Hurray for restaurants! And free church lunches, of course.Delete
Even in makebelieve your grandchildren are polite. I love that they kept saying thank you.ReplyDelete
I had high plans to nap today but I ended up going to a Unity service which I just loved so much and when I got home I was happy so just sat and chilled out and talked to new found 2nd cousins on Facebook. It was a good day.
They WERE very polite, weren't they? Very courteous.Delete
Your Unity service news made ME happy! I'm so glad you've discovered them, Birdie.
no rain yesterday but plenty of monstrous mosquitos so I stayed in all day putzing around.ReplyDelete
I'm just not going to do much outside at all until it cools down here some and the mosquitoes give us a break. It's not worth it. I think I made myself sick walking on Friday.Delete
That's a lot of people around a single table! I'm sure El Patron is thrilled to have you all stop in and save their lunch hour. Gibson cracks me up. I wonder what a Christmas friend is? Was it a pun on her name?ReplyDelete
I don't know if they were thrilled or not but they were very professional and the service was excellent. Gibson's Christmas comment might be because Chris always comes for Christmas. I suppose that's what it was in relation to. He was probably trying to score an extra present.Delete
sixty thousand dollars for an invisible pina colada, a legit bargain! Your thanksgiving dinners must be joyfully insane!ReplyDelete
And yet, my martini only cost three dollars.Delete
Our Thanksgivings are insane. I'll give you that much.
I burst our laughing when I got to the part about Maggie and Gibson and the cash register! And that video is just priceless! August is sincerely trying to be helpful ("I unlocked it, Maggie"), but Maggie knows her own mind! This looks like a most delightful day, even if it was one of those days where you're just floating along watching everything from inside a kind of bubble, not fully able to interact, but fully able to appreciate. I've has days like that. Gosh, your family is beautiful.ReplyDelete
August is quite fond of instructing all of us in the correct way to do things. I love how when he does it, he often uses these amazing hand gestures to help get the idea across. The other day he was teaching his Bop and me how to sign "rainbow" and he very carefully and patiently showed us about ten times, each time saying, "No. Like this." I love his little hands. But no, Maggie was NOT going to let him tell her how to run her cash register. I was sort of inside a bubble but it really was delightful.Delete
I've *had days like that. I really should proofread.ReplyDelete
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Ha, beautiful. You guys are a wonder.ReplyDelete
That video is priceless and I hear your sultry voice in there too! I haven’t commented in awhile - I had the hardest time trying to get on your site and my stomach disorder has been out of control and I’ve been sickly. Tonight I read on everything I’ve missed and man I couldn’t love you and your whole family more. I love the dress you made for August, I loved seeing Levon giggle, I love Owen’s hair, I like Gibson’s Christmas friend comment. And so much more. And you are going to Cozumel again! Yay for being good to your myself!! XoReplyDelete
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