Thursday, June 15, 2006
Long Time No Post
I spent last weekend with my family at a mini family reunion. Every year my aunt and uncle drive down from St. Louis to see their moms and various siblings who all happen to reside in Oklahoma. My Uncle's family is easy--one mom, one brother and sister-in-law (the nephew lives in Arizona). My Aunt's family, however, is a whole other story. Sadly this is the one I'm a part of.
My aunt has three brothers and she's the youngest. My uncle John lives in Vidor, Texas so we figured he wouldn't be coming to OKC. My uncle BJ lives in Lawton, which is about an hour and a half away from OKC. He chose not to drive the hour and a half although aunt Gail (his wife) and Kelsey did. His excuse was it was going to be too hot for him because he's on too many medications right now (he's getting over a recent surgery to reset his broken leg).
My dad, of course, lives here. Saturday he had to work (he's a barber) and couldn't go with us to the hotel and visit. But, that evening after he got home, mom told him everyone was coming over to the house and we were going out to eat. He didn't want to go. He chatted for a bit after they arrived but stayed home to play on the computer.
Then on Sunday...the designated reunion picnic day, he showed up around 1 (picnic started at noon). He talked to my cousins, my aunt, my uncle and then left after twenty minutes. Duncan said he left saying something about needing to go to work. Right. My aunt and her family drive for nine hours (Jason flew in from Florida) and he can't be bothered to spend a few hours in the heat with everyone else and visit with her.
My aunt has some great brothers. I don't blame Uncle John for not coming. He's been cut off by my grandma (loooong story) and doesn't feel comfortable coming around while she's there. But dad and Uncle BJ are assholes. Pathetically fucked up assholes who can't even pull it together enough to visit with their sister for one lousy afternoon.
Those of us from the dysfunctional crew who showed up to all the get-togethers had a great time. My cousin has a new baby who sure was a cutie. Cal loved playing with his cousin Nicholas. I also got to see my wacky cousin Jason who lives in Florida. That was neat considering I hadn't seen him since his brother's wedding way back when my eldest son was two (he's ten now).
This weekend I'm doing it all over again but this time with my mom's side of the family. Tomorrow morning I'll be getting up, loading the van and driving for approximately four hours to the big town of Corsicana, Texas. Saturday we'll all meet at a Kiwanis camp ground, eat lunch and swim in a nice, big pool. It's always very relaxing and my mom gets to reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins she remembers from her childhood.
I just hope I can keep from killing my children when I hear the 40th query of Are we in Texas yet? Wish me luck.
posted by Tamara - 7:42 PM -- Link to this entry
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