My family is the first thing I think of whenever a holiday approaches. It doesn't matter if it's the 4th of July, Christmas or the upcoming Memorial Day, I habitually give thought to the people I love during these fun seasons of the year. My family is very spread out across the entire country. My family has at least one representative in every corner of the United States. From aunts and uncles in Georgia, Colorado, Vermont and North Carolina to cousins in Oregon, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Oklahoma, my relatives never cease to keep my options open for new places to visit. In fact, since I have so many relatives living in different locations, I almost never am able to see each relative in the same location at the same time. My grandparents, however, are really good about scheduling events every two years or so and pressuring each family member into making the trek down to their home in North Carolina. I like to attend these reunions, as I love to talk with everyone and find out all the new gossip.
Family reunions in North Carolina are always so much fun. Usually my grandmother prepares a fantastic meal, my Uncle Bill brings a great bottle of wine for everyone to enjoy and my grandfather, once he has finished eating, tells stories about my father and his brothers and sisters. This storytime lasts most of the night, as everyone likes to chime in with his or her own account of what happened. I love this part of the visit because I always get to hear about something funny that my father did with his brothers when they were young. The best story that my Uncle Jimmy tells is about the time my dad was supposed to wear a tuxedo to pick up his Aunt Sally from the church on her wedding day. The way my uncle tells the story is that Aunt Sally and her new hubby John were walking out of the church to get in the limousine having been married for all of ten minutes, and instead of their driver (my dad) wearing the nice white tuxedo that Aunt Sally had picked out, he was instead wearing a full body alligator costume complete with a tail and snout. Needless to say, my Aunt Sally was not amused. However, according to my uncle, the rest of the people at the wedding, though somewhat baffled, could hardly contain their laughter. My dad is now a doctor and all of his years practicing medicine have humbled him, so I always let out a little chuckle everytime I think of him being such a trickster.
My grandmother is a sweet, sweet lady. She is a marvelous cook and always makes sure to take care of everyone else before she takes care of herself. She also enjoys talking about the day that I was born. I have heard this story so many times now that I feel like I can give a first person account of every detail about the day I was born. She always begins by describing every detail about the weather that day. It was a firecracker of a Monday and the sky looked like it was going to open up at any second throughout the day, though it never rained. My grandmother always tells the story because I share a birthday with my cousin Martha, who is older than me. My parents were at Martha's tenth birthday party when my mother said it was time to go to the hospital. Martha was really excited to get a new cousin for her birthday that year. In fact, Martha still lights up every time she hears my grandmother tell the story about our shared birthday.
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