In the year since I wrote that story, not much has changed really for my husband and I. It is true that we are a year older so there is that. As for the others, children have graduated from college and high school. Some of the friends are retired or getting ready to retire. Oh, we also have a new baby, our great granddaughter. WOW!
As for my husband and I, we feel the consequences of aging but we just plug along, fighting through the less than perfect so we can revel in the awesome.
Awesome is what Labor Day Weekend has been about for my daughter and her friends for a very long time. They have gathered in a meadow near Elsie here in the state of Oregon where they played for three beautiful days.
The privilege of watching these people and their children grow up is a treasure that I hold near to my heart.
So this year when we were all gathered very soon after my husband and myself returned from Tucson, I asked if we could come for just one day and see what my daughter had been talking about all these years. We were invited.
Oh my goodness, it was so wonderful to be a fly on the wall (and buzzing around everyone). Not part of the generations gathered yet feeling so much at home.
There were Corn Holes boards (5 or 6 I think), an outhouse and, best of all, a Redneck Swimming Pool. (No river float down the Nehalem this year. Just the small creek that runs through the property where the dogs played.)
|Dewey and Earl, aka Cribbage Champions|
A Cribbage Tournament took up the best of the afternoon. My 80 year old husband, Earl, and Dewey, the 79 year old father-in-law who along with his wife provide the meadow, beat all of us!
There was talk of large print cards and new hearing aid batteries for the really old guys...these young people should learn to not trash talk an old person. The old guys just shrugged and set out to beat them all. With a smile on their face they did just that. We have the prizes to prove it!
|Mikaela (hair stylist) and Addie Jo|
Addie Jo, my great granddaughter, was passed around for two days. She loved that a lot.
|Dan (Joann's husband) and |
his redneck pool cooler!
|Cutie Joann, 2nd grade teacher|
|Smiling, funny, baby lover |
Lisa and Addie Jo
just out of the Marines
college this fall)
and his wife Mikaela
are Addie Jo's parents.
|Lucas (Jill's son and the dog!|
Oh, did I mention that
there are dogs...lots of dogs!
I think this is Cordelia.)
|My friends from L to R.|
Lisa (pre-K teacher), me,
Joann (2nd Grade teacher),
Kristine (physical therapist),
Jill (business owner),
Susan (retired State Police).
Kathy the librarian, Paula and
Jacquelyn the hospice nurse,
are missing from the picture.
|Grandpa Doug (retired county|
Deputy Sheriff) with Addie Jo
|Crowd watching the redneck|
swimming pool action. I am at the far end.
|Pool and the outhouse|
|My good friend, Kristine,|
in swimming gear
with Barbie towel!
I met Miranda's (Lisa's daughter) fiance. They will be married in December and we will be home so we can attend. Miranda's mother, Lisa, ran Ethan's day-care. Miranda is Ethan's age. Lisa and I bonded over that experience. Ethan is 25 I think and he is my grandson.
Susie and Dewey (my husband's Cribbage partner) host the party. Susie still works in the bakery at a local store/restaurant and is Lee's mom. Dewy is retired. They have built a covered bar/dance floor space and a cute little cabin with a composting toilet and bunk beds. A redneck swimming pool was added this year. Built with hay bales and lined with blue stuff, this pool was not easy task for the two of them.
The youngest in the group gets to sleep in the cabin. Addie Jo trumped everyone so she and her parents slept there. She is almost 8 months old.
|Dear Sweet Jill|
And Kristine and Lee (Oregon State Police)...well they are the stars that everyone circles around. They provided the setting for both the Eclipse party and the yearly Labor Day gathering.
Golly, I do love these people!
Did I overlook anyone? If I did, please know that I try but, as you all know, I am not to be held responsible because of my age. :)