Monday, December 21, 2009

The cousin's party

Every year for many years running, my family has gathered one Saturday night in December for what we now call "The cousins" party. My mother was one of 6 children in her family. So I grew up with 19 first cousins. We gathered together often in our childhood. And while some of us have continued to live in this area for years, some have lived in other parts of the country. And some years, like this one, we get lucky and have those who live elsewhere travel to see us.

Of course we've grown. And have spouses and children of our own. So we counted at this last gathering. Of the 19 of us first cousins, 13 were in attendance. As a group we numbered in the 50's.

It was a fun night filled with memories. My mother and her three sisters are a force of something indescribable when they are together. It just involves a lot of laughter, shrieking and wild gestures that only they seem able to interpret.

I think by the end of the evening I had a fairly firm grasp on just what it means to be part of this family.  Here is what I came up with.  Its a sort of a "You might be a Brainerd if ..."

  •  you have had your gallbladder removed or... (Dot, Carol, Mary Ann, Pam and myself.)
  •  you have been told you need to have your gallbladder removed but are too stubborn, or scared to actually have the surgery... Marlene AND now Jennifer.
  •  you aren't sure you want to travel too far because you don't know how far it might be to the nearest  bathroom...  ( I am so not naming, names on this one, way too many of you to count) 
  •  unless, the exception to #3, you are asked to go to the casino.  Then no distance is too far to travel!
  • start a story and lose your train of thought half way through.   
  • know a good "throw up" story...  (sorry Lee, wouldn't want you to feel left out) 
  •  know what uff da means and use it frequently while talking.
  •  have eaten lutefisk... and then said uff da.  
  • can only pronounce wrestling as "Wrassling." 
  • know a good joke and it begins with "Ole and Lena..."  



And if none of these make any sense to you, breathe a sigh of relief.  You are probably not a Brainerd!  Although, at the rate we are multiplying there is a good chance you will come in contact with one soon.


(Left to right)  Aunt Carol, Aunt Dottie, Aunt Marnie, my mom Mary Ann.



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Attending her first cousin's reunion, my cousin Jackie and her husband Fred
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Cousins Cherri, Rob and Pam. All three of them were born the same year.

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Vicky, Brenda, and Jennifer. All three of us were born the same year.
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Jennifer's son Dane (7) and Nolan (9) Do you see the striking resemblance?
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Jackie and Carol
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Cousin Arlin, whom I haven't seen in 7 years.
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Colton and his new friend Eddy.
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Keenen and Pam
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Marlene and Ernie
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Kaylin
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What you do when you have had enough of the Brainerds! (Eddy and Tigger.)
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16 comments:

  1. OK....Count me in. I'm a long-lost cousin...just didn't know it until I read the list. That list made me smile, Vicky.
    And...I am not believing my eyes when I looked at Eddy and Tigger.
    Those look like my 'granddogs'...
    I'm not kidding! I have a granddog named "Charlie" that is a Cavalier King Charles...and Eddie is his long-lost cousin, right??
    I have a granddog named Josie. Now she's not exactly like Tigger...but close. Josie is a Maltese. Both belong to my my daughter (the one that is expecting her first child) and my son-in-law. Soooo, you see, Vicky, we are long-lost cousins...I knew that I loved your Daddy for more than one reason...and that your Mother was beautiful...must be so! They are related to my parents!
    Thank you for the post this evening...a great one, as usual.
    Smiles from Jackie (who still has her gall bladder...but Jack has gallstones and needs his removed...we won't even talk about other matters mentioned in your blog...but I do smile...uhm hum..I do.)
    J.

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  2. Like Teachers pet said, I do believe we may be related. 75% of your list, is my list.
    Those reunions are great, aren't they. We do the same, a cousins gathering near St Patricks day.
    Fun. I enjoyed your photos, what a great looking family. Enjoy

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  3. Oh love all the pictures with FAMILY. What a blessing!

    Merry Christmas, Vicky!

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  4. What a beautiful family - and a beautifully written post to share the ones you love with us!!! I think you are blessed to have such a warm, joyful family.

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  5. How cute and what a great idea for a get together!!!!! Love how many of you there are and I hate to say some things on that list sound vaguely familar :)

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  6. I know Pam! Love her...love her family. Now I can think of you when I say that.

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  7. family reunions like this are the best...how great are you to photograph everyone and "scrapbook" your time together !

    I don't know if you scrapbook, but I feel our blogs do that for us....know what I mean ?

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  8. I understand a lot of that list ... especially about the lutekfisk and the "uffda." Great family memories.

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  9. I have to be related! I am the lost cousin! The gallbladder thing confirms it! LOL

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  10. Awe...thanks for sharing such great family pics and stories. Love the you might be a...section, too funny.

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  11. Oh my! I wish we had family reunions like that:) No one in my extended family has even met my girls or Bobby! We just don't ever get together:( I'm so glad that not all families are like mine!

    oh yeah, I FINALLY posted the pictures of the girls' dresses on my blog:)

    Hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas!
    Hugs to you:)

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  12. Vicky...you make me want to be a Brainerd...will your family adopt me? Truly wonderful humor...and photos...you and your family have so much love and fun...and I've enjoyed your holiday family time thoroughly!!! Thanks for "inviting me"...you've truly warmed my Christmas!!! Love you! Janine XO

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  13. I must be related and I don't mean by the short distance that we live apart either! Uffda, lutefisk..all those things are the norm here! My native NY husband had no clue what I was talking about when we first met. He does now!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  14. The smiling faces brought a huge smile to my face :-) Family get togethers always are so much fun. I am glad you enjoyed yours :)

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year :)

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  15. This is wonderful Vicky! I love all the photos of your beautiful family. Those pups are adorable too!
    Robin

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  16. I think I might be a distant relative, because I can claim the last four :)

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