Sun dropping in the sky, we’d just come from another cookout. Anna asked if I’s take her picture with the mailbox. This was taken just before the sparklers in the backyard, posted yesterday. Tonight is the last night in Columbus with the family. It’s been a happy vacation.
We all said they don’t make sparklers like they used to when we were kids. Isn’t that what old people say about the present state of things?
The kids had a blast running around with the dangerous spark and flame-spewing sticks. A familiar smell of gunpowder. Smoke trails across the lawn.
Hamburgers and hotdogs, some grilled chicken breasts. Redskinned potatoes and green beans, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad. Sparklers. One guest brought a margarita machine and some shrimp to grill- there were glass bottles of coca-cola with cane sugar and cupcakes decorated with flags. A fire in the firepit. Water balloons and squirt guns. Glow in the dark necklaces. Seventeen kids and their parents. Three grandparents. Steve drove in from Pittsburgh. Perfect summer weather. I practiced family photography with each family in the back yard. Lots of red white and blue. I planned to post the cupcakes in the cupcake display stand Joanne sent from Omaha but Jack, exhausted won out!
And the restaurant was empty. But you understand her thinking. This week it is childhood revisited in Black and White. Today’s focus?/ the kitchen doors.
The siblings were at day camp, we had been to the gym. Worked out. Penne and sauce, warm bread and olive oil and a side salad. The server brought out a slice of cantaloupe and some red seedless grapes on a little plate for Maura while we waited for lunch to be served.
I remember having one c.1959. My hula-hooping skills were weak. Got some good sports photography practice capturing Anna (6 1/2) on the back deck. She can do it with very little movement or a lot of twist and sway. She even knelt and “hooped” for what seemed to me to be a long time. Maura(19 mos) clapped and yelled,” Yay Anna”. Perhaps a video camera would have been better but the objective was to show motion with a still photograph. (And I learned how to make the registered trademark symbol using the alt-R on the keyboard)
There is a lot of waiting at swim meets. Anna sat on a white folding chair by Lane Six. Biting her finger. A teammate offers support. The smiling at Grandma pics are cute but I like the ones when they are unaware, forget I am there with the camera.