|the sisters doing the "formation"|
I am not one of the ones in the middle...but I still like them. Lately, every time we are all together we end up doing yoga poses and not in a zen, meditative way. It is more like a "can you do this?" or "watch this!" way. We don't plan to end up on the floor contorting ourselves but it seems that's where we end up. What? Your family doesn't do that? You should try it, especially after a few glasses of wine.
We were together celebrating our Dad's 80th birthday this weekend. We had brunch on Sunday and had all 5 siblings together at the table along with some of our spouses and some of our kids. No, we did not do yoga poses on the floor. It was so good to be together and so good to be able to celebrate with Dad. He looks pretty good for 80 and as he pointed out, he can see, hear and think even though he does move around a bit slow. I'll take slow thank you very much!
|Mom and Dad on Dad's 80th birthday|
While we were waiting for our meal to arrive, one of my sisters commented to my husband that he is very loud when he wakes up in the morning. That one comment started another family activity we refer to as....time to pile on TJ! He was fair game and none of us held back, except for my brother who felt brotherly compassion for TJ but was enjoying the show so much that he mostly sat in disbelief and laughed and was probably glad he ducked the "pile on" bullet. The conversation sounded something like this...."TJ, you chew very loudly. TJ, you type louder that anyone on the planet. TJ, what possessed you to walk back and forth over the wood floors wearing your dress shoes on at 6 in the morning?" My sisters just kept piling on! Most of it revolved around the fact that he wakes up before anyone in the house and is unaware of how noisy he is, or maybe he just wants us all to wake up when he does and join in the door slamming and loud chewing. His noises are all amplified in a silent snoozing house. The doors and drawers opening and closing, those heels making noise on the floor and the newspaper flipping all gets done with such enthusiasm by TJ in the morning.....because he is a morning person.....and it bothers me because....I am not.
I am glad I married a loud, early riser who can take the abuse from my sisters. He said he was happy to provide the entertainment at the table while we waited for our food, otherwise we might have had to start doing yoga poses in our dress clothes at a restaurant. Think how proud our Dad would have been at that sight on his 80th birthday. Way to save us from ourselves TJ!