It’s a little bit funny.. when you you gather as a WHOLE family with your spouses/fiancées/kids for the first time, in YEARS, and you’re at a place that isn’t your parent’s house – neutral, familiar ground. It’s a little bit funny to see all of the pieces that make up your little sister’s beautiful life – house decorations, picket fences, mowed grass, little and brilliant mesh food cover things.
For rain, humidity and bugs. Seriously, food tents! Who knew??
It’s a little bit funny that I used to be in a place in which I would know that my siblings had food tents. Maybe we would have gone shopping together. Maybe we’d be having weekly or at least monthly BBQs at each other’s houses. Maybe, just maybe, it exists in that place in which I didn’t heed the call to leave Jersey. You know you all are the only reason I’d ever have stayed.
Last week was my little sister’s birthday. Before that, the day belonged to my little brother and before that, his wife. Before that, my mom. Before that, Mother’s Day. So we all got together a couple of weeks ago to eat some food, celebrate some birthdays, and of course, surprise my sister-in-law with a baby shower. More on that later! I believe life should be filled with true and good surprises. It’s so hard to be truly surprised.. Puppies, anyone? Surprises make me a little nervous, truth be told.
Scarlet knew we were going down to New Jersey for a surprise baby shower but we didn’t realize until later that we’d all be meeting for a multi-birthday BBQ the night BEFORE the shower. Those plans were made much later. So I was so afraid I was going to ruin the surprise to my sister-in-law, but I didn’t. Even better is that Scarlet never spilled the beans to her either!
Scarlet was looking out the window before the baby shower the next afternoon, anticipating her Aunt Grace’s arrival. I love how seriously she took it, even asking me to duck and stop talking, way before Grace was anywhere close to the house.
All I have for you is this song, and I didn’t even write this song! All I have for you is this blog post, and I darn well wrote it. Happy, Happy Birthday to my luminous sister, Marisa, and to everyone else in my family (Mom, Mitch, Grace, Ruth, all mothers for Mother’s Day) – you all make May as expensive as Christmas, but damn I love when we’re all together.
“It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live
If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you” — Your Song by Elton John