Monday, November 20, 2017

An Early Thanksgiving

Generally, my extended family gathers 
on Thanksgiving at one of three residences.
 This year, because of conflicting schedules, 
we met this past weekend at the
"party barn" belonging 
to my brother's sister-in-law. 
All together, there were about twenty-four 
adults and children milling about in the heated 
confines of the old, re-purposed barn, 
just on the other side of walls that house 
a dark brown donkey, several pregnant goats,
and a flock of chickens.

The kids, all ten and under, took over one
of the tables for their activities.
These involved a vast array of colorful markers,
glitter, and cut paper.

My nephew Cyril, checks his messages 
while his youngest daughter, Maggie,
munches a marshmallow.

Here my brother, Doug, and sister-in-law, 
Fran, watch the proceedings 
with their granddaughter, Tallulah. 
We were preparing for our annual
holiday picture, taken with each of
us wearing a silly Christmas hat.
Afterwards, one of my grandnieces,
Kinley, made a project of stacking as many
of the hats as she could on her uncle Joseph.
The result is shown in the first picture.
It reminds me of artist Nick Cave's

1 comment:

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you had fun!