Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Independence Day! A Day Late

 A day late but just in time for Friday Fun.

For us it's a family reunion. It's the big one with family and friends from near and far. We rent out the big pavilion in one of the state parks so we have some cover because rain or shine we are going to get together.

 Last year many were surprised that I showed up being I was released from the rehab hospital the week earlier, but they were happy to see me. My children have taken over all of the cooking and prep this year. It was previously hosted by my father and I. We are both getting sort of long in the tooth so it's time for the younger generation to take over. My youngest daughter has been my father's apprentice for three years at the fine art of grilling. Believe me, when I say grilling poultry, seafood, and assorted fare is an art form when it's done right.With four generations present, it had to be done right. The girls did themselves proud.

We celebrate the fruits of our forefather's gift of independence this way. For the older two generations there was no cooking, food brought to us, abundance of young ones running around for us to envy their energy, and no clean up. While the younger generations went to view the fireworks display at the pier, us of the older two generations decided to watch the fireworks on our televisions and in our Lazyboys. Drifting off to sleep after a day of fun and sun well before the firework displays finished.

There are some advantages to getting older. Hope y'all had a great one.

8 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi JL .. delighted you're still enjoying life and will be with family and friends .. have a great celebratory day for the Fourth of July weekend .. cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A Fourth without having to cook - you did it right. We made it past the fireworks, but New Year's is becoming a bigger challenge every year.

Deniz Bevan said...

Any reason for family to get together is always a good one [s]
And I'm glad you can't stay away from blogging or the Forum - we'd miss you!

Amy said...

I don't do parties yet, maybe it's time.

J.L. Murphey said...

Amy, It's definitely time especially family get togethers. They all know you've had a stroke.

Michelle Miller said...

Thanks, Jo! I had a relaxing day at home. It sounds like you had a nice one. Have a great weekend!

Lara Lacombe said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday! :)

J.L. Murphey said...

Had a great time but didn't realize at the time what it cost me in energy points. Even after 8 hours of solid sleep. Yes, I actually got 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I awoke exhausted and went back to bed for another 2 hours. Still I dragged around all day Friday as if I'd gotten no sleep at all.