Last week we went to Husband's family reunion on the shores of Lake Ontario on the US side. It was Baby's first time there. She enjoyed the fresh air, walking around on grass, crawling and walking up and down and up and down the ramp.
She got along with all the relatives and they were all attentive and impressed by how well-behaved she was. Other than at shower time, nor at restaurants. We're going to have to fix that.
Husband spent summers there, growing up, and when we started dating in our 20s, I would go as well. The vacations then were about late nights on the porch barbequing with lots of beer. Then our 30s when we were all employed and no kids, it was restaurants, late nights, barbequing, and wine and beer and spirits. Now that we're all in our 40s and with a baby around, it's back to eating at the cottage and beer, but not such late nights any more.
Now that we're in our 40s, we see a rift between the family members of our generation who have stable employment and have "grown up" and those who have taken different paths and need financial support from the others. Part of it is due to the economy slacking, but part of it is due to their "naivete about needing money to negociate life in the world" as one of the older generation put it. Or as others put it, "being lazy slackers who will ride on you until you throw them off."
It'll be interesting to see how this develops into the future.
Anyway, overall, 5 days away from the world was lovely. Highlights:
1) Lots of people to love on Baby
2) Good to catch up with family and friends
3) Going off the internet grid
4) Lots of BBQing
5) Sitting on the porch swing, listening to birdsong, leaves rustling, waves lapping
6) wore me-mades everyday.