Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Extended Family.

I really, really love mine.

At Allie's graduation party at my Aunt Anne and Uncle HJ's on Saturday,

after the friends and neighbors had left and most of the food had been put away,

the aunts, uncles, siblings and cousins sat around and had a

two and a half hour game of Two Truths and a Lie.

It continued over dinner and had to be taken inside when it got too dark to play,

it involved several children finding things out they hadn't known about their parents

("No way did Mom do loop de loops in a plane. That's totally her lie."
"Sorry babe. That was a truth.")

and vice versa

(sorry, Mom and Dad, I really did ride overnight in the back of a truck through rural South America...
younger cousins, don't try this at home)

and siblings quizzing on details of stories from forty years ago

and exclaiming,

"You told Mother what?! I never knew that!!".

It was The Best.

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