July 3, 2016, Avilla, MO- There was a span of 38 years, since I last saw Lisa, one of my younger cousins. In our family, last has never been least. Each member of the brood has an essential place. Lisa followed in the footsteps of her mother, who served as a WAVE during World War II, by becoming a member of the Women’s Army Corps, for several years. When that was finished, she became a teacher, like her father. She’s still a teacher- and a farm wife, in this little slice of heaven, in southwest Missouri, between Joplin and Springfield.
I was invited to join their family’s Christmas in July celebration, with attendant fireworks. People in the Midwest set off their own fireworks, as befits a farm culture. There was a marvelous spread, to get things started, and as we recalled from our childhood days, such gatherings involve sitting around ad spinning yarns, as well as discussing the topics of the day, in a civil fashion.
It was a lovely day and evening, so here are a few scenes from down on the farm, in Avilla.
Lisa and family were busy, setting up the festivities.
Here are some scenes of the gang sitting around, and of the fireworks.
We then exchanged gifts, in White Elephant fashion.So went a fine re-connection with a bright and loving member of my extended family, which is now extended even further, with her husband, kids and grandkids.