My siblings are all still on this earth so when my brother finally retired he splits his time between his home in Maryland, (just outside Washington DC) and Japan, (he was in Navy WESTPAC for 30 years), and we have full reunions more often. I have run up on two occasions to have a 2-3 hour dinner and drive home. This time we spent about 6-7 hours.
No real reason to explain all that except to say why we were driving the DC area where the traffic got nasty. A weekend when traffic was lighter than normal, was brutal to us. People cutting in and out with sometimes INCHES to spare! Sometimes just blatant cutting off and always sudden stops for no darn reason. (Probably a chain reaction from some rude, inconsiderate a$$ doing their thing) One accident involved 4 cars and at least one tractor trailer, across the median into oncoming traffic and a car rolled over. Could not have been good.
My wife does most of the driving when I am not traveling on business, which is fine with me so I can do some backseat driving. :-) She used to fuss at me for getting upset with drivers, but this weekend she "morphed" into a true road warrior, using her horn four times (A RECORD) and continually fussing about the idiots driving around us. LOL After the adrenaline rush of getting cut off at 80+ mph, I would smile at her "new attitude".
The reunion was great! NO politics discussed, abundant and delicious food and we all stayed awake. No small babies but we got to see nieces and nephews, who are now in their last year of high school or several years into college, and were babies when we last saw them. Always the WOW, you have grown, and the roll of their eyes. :-)
We got to play our first game of corn hole! Can you believe it? Score was, I lost, I won and Debbi and I split a win on two games. I can't believe her VERY FIRST throw of corn hole (it was supposed to be just a warm up throw) was a whoosh! Straight in. She quickly decided it was OK if we started the scoring right way. Obviously, she did not need a warm up.
Melissa took care of our cat menagerie so we could both go and gained a new-found appreciation for what we do each day. Have I asked you lately if you would like to adopt a cat, kitten or several? Shame on me for forgetting.
We have at least two with eyes still closed, but three "puff-balls" showed up just before we left for reunion. All long hair, orange/white, calico and a black & white. Melissa wanted to take them this weekend, but I feel that they still need a week or two with their mother. They are just getting interested in solid food.
While they are semi-feral and in a barn, I picked them up to count "fingers and toes" :-) and they did not panic. Mom was a bit concerned but she lets me get close and I think that somehow her semi-trust is translated to her babies. Oh yes, they had the correct number of toes.