I can’t compete, especially when he generously lays it out on the lawn for all to enjoy.
Many of the third generation of Pillings – those little second cousins who number close to 34 and are nearly all under eight years old, were on the property at some time this year.
“When I was walking down the driveway, I thought to myself, this is definitely not a community event,” said Rebecca.
“Well, if it had been , much would have been the same, a block party in my area, – the women superintending that no accidental dog piles happened on children too young to enjoy them.
But the men on the porch would have all had a beer in their hands.
That is what made it different.”
First cousins had come from all over – many arranging their schedules to coincide with Reid and Misty’s Wedding.
The Trent and Jamie Bates Family were here from Austin, Texas.
Desire had arrived from Washington.
Mathew and Stacey from Calgary.
Adam and Michelle Wood from Edmonton
Five-year old Audra Bates on her own.
Lurene and Tim with their babes; Rebecca from Victoria;
Turn the fan on and in 10 minutes the walls and roof are high and children are running through the in-door and sliding out the exit.
I saw Richard the next day checking for leaking air – not from the spontaneous party, but when a good purchase comes from a garage sale there is sometimes maintenance work to be done on it.
At least that is what Richard said when I saw Michael and Richard playing in the tent alone the next day. I will take his word for it.