The Family That Plays Together...
From Sea to Shining Sea, Days 11 & 12: Jackson, MS to Vernon, AL
These two matriarchs could not have been more different. Minnie, our grandfather's mom, was formal, dignified, sedate. A strict and demanding teacher, she had no time for foolishness and nonsense, and she believed the world worked best when others followed her lead.
|(L) MINNIE PERFORMING IN A SHAKESPEARE DRAMA IN COLLEGE (c.1896)|
(R) CLARA (center) AND FRIENDS ENGAGE IN A BIT OF FRIVOLITY (c.1903)
Both were wonderful people with a positive influence in our lives, each in her own unique way. But Minnie and Clara's descendants who sprouted from our branches of the family tree definitely tend to follow Clara's lead. When we got together for Thanksgiving at my sister's home in Alabama, we indulged some of our time-honored traditions and rocked the rafters with laughter.
12-year-old Avery mixed up a batch of homemade slime and demonstrated its many uses. She even let the rest of us play with it, too.
In our family, we just love marshmallows, but not for hot chocolate or s'mores. They're perfect ammo for marshmallow battles. We even throw marshmallows instead of rice at wedding receptions.
After our concert of (almost) synchronized balloon screeching, the only balloon to survive came to life as Cousin Weeny Winey. She seemed to like having fun as much as the rest of us do.
Family talent night always gives us the chance to see that we really do have gifts worth sharing. Though they had just a few minutes to rehearse, Avery's ukulele accompaniment and Rachel's singing made us all proud.
The multi-talented Grant coaxed a tune from the ukulele, and Alex proved his guitar lessons are really paying off.
For our "stupid human tricks" demonstrations, we persuaded Steven and Rachel to show off their ability to perform the single eyebrow lift, an enviable talent they both inherited from their dad.
WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, & THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER, 2016