And this precious lady is Maude. Maude is Aunt Helen's dear, dear friend ( I don't think I should use the term BFF here! I might offend one of her other dear friends!) Maude, y'all, is 96 years old!! She is STILL driving!! And, she is as sharp as a tack! They were darling! Can you just imagine them running errands together? Going to church and sitting together? Precious!
This group of wild children belong to Mama and Aunt Helen. All of them are grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Growing up and visiting my aunt and uncle was so much fun. They had a humongeous backyard that we played in. My uncle had these streams of crayfish--which I did not eat-nasty! But you could fish in his backyard. Pretty cool for a city slicker like myself! And, I am SO not a city slicker!! I grew up in a darlin' little town which still has no stoplights.
Now, we were trying to get all of these cousins to play together...it almost worked but not quite. The picture turned out good anyway! Mama and Aunt Helen will love it! Putting teenagers together that don't know each other is just"weird" in their terms. I think about how I love to meet new people! Guess it's my age--old!
I didn't take a picture of the food, but it was out of this world! The barbecue was the BEST I have ever eaten! It was a sweet BBQ-not mustard based, vinegar based or tomato based! Just perfect! I was so busy running around taking pictures and meeting people that I didn't have time to make a plate. When we got ready to leave, child #1 made his mama a plate to go. Y'all, the only thing wrong with that was I couldn't go back for seconds!! Mercy! Delish!! All of the Food Network people would have had a hissy fit over it. Sorry...but I "heart" me some good BBQ!
The moral of this story...spend time with those you love! Make an effort to travel when needed. Take lots of pictures! And share stories of growing up with your youngsters. They might actually remember them!!