This was the most special of occasions, because it was the only time we ever celebrated our daughters July birthday at the farm. Our son has his birthday in February and we were never off to Ontario at that time of year. But you don’t have to be the guest of honor to have a good time.
Time marches on, the kids keep growing up, the bricks days are numbered and will be coming down. Yes, sadly, no longer will we pose in front of the faux brick background. The wallpaper gets replaced, along with the orange curtains and the orange back splash. On to a lighter and brighter tomorrow.
The great meals and the card games continued, but our family showed up less and less often – that’s what happens when you live far away. The rest of the family was nice enough to send us photos. And nice enough NOT to say look at all the fun we’re having without you.
Mom and Dad loved to play cards, and UNO was a game that even the littlest guy could play. (In that last picture, does he not look like he’s never had quite so much fun ever before in his entire life?) When there were so many people around the table and so many skips and reverses, you could stare off into space or take a quick nap before the play ever came around to you again. These get togethers and card games went on until finally there were those among us who grew wise enough to win against grandpa. Well, sometimes, anyway.
There was a new house, a new location, a new kitchen, but the games went on. There are some things you never want to outgrow.