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I come from a BIG family, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and it doesn't stop there, my Aunt Madge also had a large family, 3 boys, 2 girls, that MY family grew up spending much of our time with. That's a lot of people!
Growing up, we'd have Sunday dinners with the cousins at Grandma & Grandpa's house. If we weren't doing that, we'd take turns going home with each other after church, spend the day playing (or fighting) and then return to our homes after Sunday night service at church. Holidays, we spent together... 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Easter, eating from amazing spreads of food.
After the grandparents passed, and we all got married and had children, we had our own Sunday dinners at mom's and Aunt Madge's separately... but we still got together for the occasional Thanksgiving dinner (had to use the church basement to get us all in).
Since my mother has passed, our family has stopped doing regular Sunday dinners (there are the occasional ones) but mostly we spend our time with our own smaller families. Although I appreciate the quiet of the small family dinner, I sure do miss the chaos and mayhem of the large ones!
Well, this past Sunday, Ted and I decided to visit Aunt Madge (where they still gather each Sunday for lunch). We spent the day with all those cousins and their families that I had grown up with... in the same house I spent so many Sunday afternoons of my youth... and it was wonderful! I kinda felt like a kid again. Family is good... and the food? Well, let me just say we DID hit the Mother lode... they were frying fish!!!!!! Life just doesn't get better than that!
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