Friday, November 25, 2005

The good ol' days

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 11/25/2005
Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. This year, my family lucked out because Thanksgiving was at Aunt Peggy's.

Speaking about Thanksgivings-gone-by, my mom reminded me of the cleaning frenzy that used to go on at our house whenever we were "lucky" enough to be the hosts of the great Thanksgiving feast.

We hated it when our house was fingered by the god of misfortune to be the venue for descending relatives. Oh, we loved having our cousins come over but their visit always coincided with major spring cleaning...even though it wasn't spring.

And our house was so BORING! There were no fun places to play inside, no cable, and outside? That is where our parents used to send us when we came whining to them about having nothing to do.

So we quickly shut up about being bored...it was FREEZING in New York at the end of November.

But going to my aunts' houses...now that was fun. Aunt Patty's house had a basement that had a real bar and darts, which my brother was speared with one Thanksgiving. This interrupted dinner with a rush to the hospital to remove the dart from his face. And Aunt Peggy's house? They had cable...which was truly amazing to us. There was always something going on there. The adults never cared what we were up to, as long as we were out of their hair and no child was screaming in pain.

Now that I'm in Japan, I miss having to clean up the house together with my brothers and sisters. We used to have our own jobs...it was first come, first serve and whoever got there first, got the better deal. However, some of us were better at negotiating than others...you could never imagine the heated arguments that went on with all the kids who knew that dusting was better than having to vacuum the entire first floor AND put it away later.

Now, there's only two of us to clean the apartment before our parties and it's no fun to negotiate cleaning duties with E7. I guess we'll have to have a couple of kids and get them involved in the fun.

2 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

illahee said...

we never spent holidays with family (except an occasional christmas with my grandmother in michigan). my father's siblings died young and my mother's brothers live in california (which was still too far away when we lived in western washington.) it's nice to have such memories, isn't it?

kuri & ping said...

illahee, you're right. It *is* nice to have memories like this. I have a big family--4 younger brothers and sisters--and there was always something going on.

Great memories. :)

 

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