You may not realize it, but I am the fifth of six children. I have four older brothers (Joe, David, Darrel, and John) and one younger sister (Denyse). There is a nine year span between the oldest and the youngest. All of us are grown with our own families now, and despite the fact that we ALL live within a thirty minute radius of Mom and Dad, it had been YEARS since we were all in the same place at one time. At least one has been missing from every single family gathering. for one reason or another for what seems like ever.
Until now. Hubs and I decided to invite them all over, with the thought in mind that if we could get the six of us and Mom and Dad together, Hubs could snap a photo with my new camera (more on that in another post). I’d received confirmation from four of my siblings that they would be there, then got a text from one of them saying he wouldn’t be able to make it.
I’m not gonna lie. I wasn’t above guilting him. I sent a text back saying, “Aww, that stinks. You’re the only one out of all six of us that won’t be here.” I kid you not, within 30 seconds my phone was ringing. He said he would try to make it over, but couldn’t make any promises. I told him Mom and Dad were coming and it would mean the world to Mom if we could get a family photo. It worked.
Just after everyone arrived and I was trying to herd them all into my backyard for the photo, it started raining. I handed the camera to Hubs and asked him to take pictures. He was like, “Shouldn’t we wait, it’s raining…” And I with all my bossy sauce responded, “We can all just get wet, this chance may not come around again for years!” So, we stood in the rain as Hubs snapped away.
We didn’t mind, though, because it made Mom happy. It must have done her heart good to have all of her children under one roof again, even if only for a few hours. I know it did MY heart good. Though he’s a man of few words, it was obvious it meant a lot to Dad, too.
Mom may have enjoyed herself so much that she even broke out it a fit of laughter or two…
There’s just something about seeing the glint of joy in my Mom’s eyes that brings joy to my own heart. I’m hoping it doesn’t take years for us all to get together in one place again.
When is the last time you had a family photo?