Sunday, December 26, 2010

Talent Void

Yesterday was our extended family get together on my husband's mothers side of the family. She had 9 siblings, and most of their offspring live close to "home". We rented a Knights of Columbus Hall for the gathering. Three of the cousins brought guitars and spent a great deal of the evening picking and singing together. Oh to be talented with a music ability. None of these cousins would admit that they had any (or at least much) musical ability. But to just be able to play an instrument or carry a tune seems talented to me. If I were ever able to have a "do-over", I would insist on being gifted with an ability to write, play or sing music. It was obvious that to these men, making and sharing music brings them much joy. The music ranged from the Beatles and country rock from the 60's to modern day hard core country. The entire day was great. Games were played, children laughed and family stories were shared (some new, some tried and true (?) ). As far as I know, no cross words were spoken or feelings hurt. This is an annual event that has been going on for many, many years. Every year the men discuss building a place on the "farm" for the family to meet. This year was no exception. Maybe next year it will come to fruition. . . but maybe not. Either way, it is a great way to keep a family together and build tight bonds of love.

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