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Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)
TITLE: This Family of Ours
By mary wolf
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Some of the fondest memories of our family getting together do not tell what happens before the time that meeting actually takes place.
Here is a fictional rendition of such a meeting.
Getting ready for the "five year" family meeting was left to the eldest of the family.
As George collected the plastic trash can he purchased for holding ice, his wife yelled one more unpleasant request.
"George I want at least two more tables on the end of this line."
"Alright Alma, where are our boys, they could help me"
"Now George you know they have to practice batting if they are going to be the stars of the team. They just don't have time to help."
Grumbling as she walked away, "Why do I have to do this all alone every time?"
In another state Mariel and Thomas were arguing about the cost of gas and how it always had to be in George and Alma's home town.
"Just once I would like to send my big sister the bills.
"We pay for motels and gas, just so we can get together with people who didn't even like each other growing up."
"We don't even know half of these people, and our kids just dread to go watch that girl of Zelma' show off her "talent" she thinks she has.
"Well Thomas, Zelma is your youngest sister, and little Kimberly is just doing what she is told. I think Zelma wanted to be a singer so she encourages her daughter."
Finally the big day arrives and you here these interactions;
"Oh Alma, every thing looks so nice. I just don't know how you do it?"
"Now Mariel, it was nothing, I so enjoy fixing up things for you to come home."
As Zelma and Kimberly cross the threshold, Thomas is quick to greet Kimberly.
"Hello, sweetie, you are going to sing a song for your Uncle Thomas and Aunt Mariel, arenít you?"
"If you want me to, I have been practicing a lot and I think I have back up music for your favorite."
"My how you have grown, How old are you now Kimberly?"
"I just turned sixteen last month."
"And mom still wants you to sing for a career?"
"She told me it will be a hard way to make a living, but if that is what I want to do she will be there for me."
"Zelma, Mariel adds", I know you are so proud of her. Did you say Alma's boys are trying out for the big leagues?"
"Oh, Thomas, don't say anything to her. George told me they couldn't hit the side of a barn."
Looking around she replies,"Alma believes anything they tell her, and they don't want to actually work for a living".
As they finish their day and part to leave you will hear them all affirm to do it again in five years, and what a grand time they all had because of George and Alma's warm welcome.
They would not have it anywhere else; it just wouldn't be the same.
As it turns out Kimberly had a hit song that year, and George and Alma's boys sold a new batting cage they had patented.
Thomas asked for a transfer back home and everyone had a happy ending.
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