November 29, 2004

Family Reunion

What a weekend!!! Time with my family, lots of laughter - talking talking talking. A good meal and wonderful company.

Yep. We had us a mini Bad Family Reunion!!!

Let me tell you how this all came to pass.

I had put the call out that if anyone in the South Bend area was available Sunday afternoon, let's try and get together. So, I talked to Blogbro _Jon and I talked about seeing if we could meet up somewhere during the drive up. Teresa mentioned that she might try and work her way east in the afternoon. T1G was also going to see what he had going on. Oh, the excitemtent.

So we do the Family thing on Saturday, yada yada. Then Sunday morning we go to church (Amish) and then have the family lunch thing. The church is way out in the boonies and no cell service. After lunch, everyone heads to my Grandparents farm. It's been in the family for a long while, and it has been sold. Closing is this week and it was the last chance to mill around with all those memories.

At 4:00 my Mom and I start heading for her house. We need to finish packing and get the car loaded. I finally get a cell signal so I check my messages.

"You have 9 messages"

Holy Shit!!

First Message - _Jon. It's 10:00am and he's on his way to Indiana.

Holy Shit!! Big Smile.

Next Message - it's Teresa - she's on her way to Indiana.

Holy Shit!!! Bigger Smile.

I call _Jon. He's sitting in the parking lot of Notre Dame!!! We're about an hour away and I told Mama to hit that gas pedal harder, damnit!!

Back to checking messages. Now it's Bou! "Where are you? Call _Jon!! Call Teresa!!! Where are you?!?!?! She had heard from VW that _Jon was trying to get a hold of me. She steps in and trys to help. She was so damned excited for us, I wouldn't have been surprised to get a call from South Bend Airport to pick her up!! ;-)

Next Message - it's Laughing Wolf. Bou thought he might be able to help find me. Call Bou!

More of the same. BTW - if you ever want to disappear, head to Amish country. Not a lot of cell towers and you actually can blend in. Well, I guess I do pretty well.

I can't stop smiling. I get a hold of Teresa and she's well on her way. T1G had sent me an email on Saturday saying he couldn't make it. Next Time Dude!! We missed you. And Machelle! Oh My Goodness. Can you imagine?!?! I think I'd have gone into happy happy over load!

I told you all about how I was looking forward to seeing my family, spending time with them. And I have to say - it was a wonderful weekend. But honestly? The highlight was the fact that _Jon and Teresa drove all that way so that we could all get together. I'll be honest. It brought tears to my eyes.

And did we have fun!! I'd met Teresa before and we talk, a bit (huge understatement) on the phone. We hit the ground running and never batted an eye. I talked with _Jon for the first time on the trip up, driving through Louisville. I told him when he said he was sitting in the parking lot of ND that he better prepare himself! I had one hell of a hug to give him.

What a gentleman. What a great guy. His patience and humor was amazing. Harvey? You've got one hell of a family going here!

So that's my side of the Bad Family Mini Reunion. I'm telling you.......I can't wait til we all get a chance to get together. What I've been a part of so far has been fabulous. That would be unbelievable. (Wouldn't hurt Reddi-Whip stock either!)

Thank you _Jon and Teresa. You both touched my heart in a way you'll never know. You put a smile on this Road Warrior's face that won't be fading for a while!!

Posted by Tammi at November 29, 2004 12:04 AM

That reunion just HAD to happen. If I hadn't had three young 'uns,you bet I'd have been there! :)

Posted by: Boudicca at November 29, 2004 09:55 PM

I am so happy it all worked out. Now just convince those Northern living folks to head South. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at November 30, 2004 12:57 PM

My pleasure.

Posted by: _Jon at November 30, 2004 03:59 PM