The Family Reunion Is Over
Our visitors have gone home. I still have a few tears in my eyes. I miss them, but I’m reflecting on the great time we had together.
Our two week visit was so much fun, but it sure went by fast. We had so many highlights. For my daughter it was the sighting of the whales close to shore off Bodega Bay. That was pretty awesome. We also saw some spectacular fireworks on the 4th, had a few campfires, played lots of poker, listened to a band perform on the town green, and ate some fantastic meals. A day in San Francisco was also a highlight for me.
Any visit with our granddaughters is always special for my husband and I. Our eldest granddaughter, Q (13), has become knowledgeable about (and enamored with) a new boy band: One Direction. We have heard all the songs, seen the videos, pictures, etc. I now consider myself educated on what some people are calling the “New Beatles.”
In addition to music and books, our family also loves good movies – especially good kid’s movies. Lucky for us, there are several good ones at the theater right now. While my daughter, daughter-in-law and I were busy elsewhere, my husband took both girls to the theater to see Brave.
My husband and both girls thought the story of Princess Merida was told very well. Our youngest girl thought the bears were a little scary but she had no trouble following and then retelling the intricate plot. In the spirit of full disclosure I should tell you that all three really enjoyed the trip to Subway before the movie and a visit to the ice cream store after.
One afternoon Lou (our 7-year-old) and I went to see Madagascar 3. Lou and I have seen both the first and the second Madagascar movies together so we consider ourselves experts. We loved them both. The characters are so endearing and so funny. (The penguins are my favorites.)
The animation is quick, sharp and colorful. And, the plots are always good. In our opinion, Madagascar 3 was just a little less funny than the other two. We didn’t laugh quite as often. They seem to have lost some of their punch. Lou’s rating system, using her two thumbs, was a one thumb up and one thumb down. She thought Brave a much better movie. Go see that one, she says.
Reunions with family members has always been important to me. It always amazes me how we can be apart from each other for periods of time and then just start right up again when we are together. And I love how the glow and warmth of the visit lasts. We are looking forward to more reunions in the distant and near future. While I’m still feeling so good I’m going to slowly move back into my daily routine. I have stacks of books to read, movies to see, and lots of things to tell you about.