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  • Time to gather and listen to the Grandmothers and Grandfathers

    There was a time in summer when as a child I knew we would gather together. It was my favorite time with my relatives. I would see my cousins, aunties, uncles, grandmother, and grandfathers. There was excitement as we prepared to gather, setting up the camp that would be our home for several days.

    It seemed I would always take too much. Even today, I take more then I need when going to a gathering. My Unci always said be prepared, stay alert. And I would think of my cousins, and what they might forget.

    Maybe because of my Unci I became an EMT, a Teacher, and Problem-solver. Or she just planted the seeds...all of her grandchildren would make her proud.

    I miss that we do not have those family gatherings. Now it is phone calls. Today I spoke with my uncle on my mothers side. He was always the kindest person and missed if he could not attend a gathering. Like so many of the men in our family, he is a Veteran. And the women in our family, many also were Veterans from WWII. So our gatherings are on conference calls with multiple family members on the line. Kind of like the old party line with phones.

    The gathering had a lot of food. Some of my favorite foods were discovered during those summer gatherings.

    Once I recall gathering some wood and sitting at the campfire as my grand-auntie prepared small round corn paddies. It was blue corn, sweet and delicious. She would make them like sweetbread with cinnamon and brown sugar.

    All of us young ones were all over the camp, exploring, listening and trying to be more grown up then our age or behavior indicated. But it was a wonderful time. And always we came away missing that time, and in wonderment about the next summer.

    Now the gatherings occur about ever five years--and we are the grandparents at those times. The grandchildren are running around with electronic devices, and I am thinking we have really missed a step here.

    Next gathering they are no electronics for anyone. And the campfire will be lit again, and stories will be told like long ago.
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