This past Saturday we met at a Golden Corral to see our great-uncle who lives in Virginia Beach, and had come over for a short visit 😀 That was great fun! I’m not sure which was more fun…getting to be around all our great aunts and uncles and our grandma (who are a lot of fun–more on that later!), or noticing all the comments and/or stares you get when a family of 11 shows up at Golden Corral 😀
When we pulled up to park, Noah noticed a fancy car and began giggling, “Look at that dee-dee car!” or something of the sort. “Dee-dee”, by the way, is the boys’ word for “ridiculous” or “strange”. They came up with it all by their own selves, though it has spread to the rest of the family!
We don’t often all go out to eat, so it was quite funny! Our great uncle came over to Daddy’s side of the table and was teasing him about how he didn’t see how Daddy did it…he had more responsibility (with all these kids!) than Uncle George did but he said Daddy looked younger 😀 Daddy then began to tell him how he didn’t have to mow the yard anymore ( a couple of us actually fight over this job), or do any dishes, and how he has breakfast and supper made for him every day, etc, etc. 😀 A lady sitting behind Daddy was just smiling, enjoying the whole conversation! Then after we were done eating, we were sitting around talking, and the boys were getting restless and were sitting on our laps. We, being the good big sisters we are, began to tickle and play with them, resulting in a few loud giggles from the boys, which resulted in more people turning around to look–and smile! At least we made them smile, but we tried to tone it down after that!
Afterwards, we all went outside and discovered that the “dee-dee” car (more commonly known as a Corvette) was our great uncle’s 😀 We got pictures of it for you to see 😀
Now, you have to know my grandma and her sisters…I just love being around them when they are all around each other! They tease, they laugh, they’re just hilarious! And the way they say things is hilarious! They say things like “Well forevermore!” and “I just about died!” I wish you could meet them!
There are 4 sisters, our grandma being the oldest, and then it goes Aunt Ruth, Aunt Lois, Uncle George and Aunt Gladys. Aunt Lois was just going on and on about how low that car was (it was low…only a 4 inch clearance from the ground to the bottom of the car! We girls were wondering what would happen if you ran into roadkill…would you end up just pushing it the…nevermind!) Anyways, she just couldn’t believe how low it was, and couldn’t imagine how that could be comfortable, admonishing Uncle George in good big-sister style! Uncle George showed her how he got in (because she wanted to know) and she kept teasing him the more, “Just look at that! It looks like he’s laying in bed! Like he’s going to go to sleep!” Oh, it was so funny! Did I say that I wish you could meet my aunts?!
Two of my aunts joined the German Baptist church, and the other three didn’t. Then there is our family that wears dresses and headcoverings, but not like the German Baptist’s do. Some people were trying to figure us out, I think!
“How do these people go together?!”
So here we all are gathered around Uncle George’s Corvette, talking and laughing.
“Look at those Amish going ga-ga over the Corvette!”
Nobody’s Amish, of course, but often people associate long dresses and headcoverings with the Amish 😀
Then when we were leaving, a couple of our aunts were talking by one of their cars, and Grandma, in her van in front of us, had stopped to talk to them, too. We were behind her in our big van. Then Daddy, being the ornery daddy he is (I wonder if he got it from his aunts?!), honked at Grandma 😀
And there was a man standing by his vehicle (which was parked next to our aunt’s car) with a slight smile on his face, just taking it all in!
That man had a story to tell his family when he got home that night!!!
“Martha! When I was at the Golden Corral tonight, I saw the strangest thing…”
“..tons of kids, all different kinds of Amish, some other people who knew them and weren’t Amish, and they were all admiring this Corvette. Then man who drove the Amish bus honked at the lady in front of him…my! They were strange!”
Martha: “Well forevermore!”
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