Some of the Cousins
My mother was surprisingly optimistic about everything. I think it was probably because she wasn't going to give dad the opportunity to gloat and say I told you so, but she kept saying how it wasn't that bad was it. We weren't planning on spending that much time there right.
The reunion was fun. Liam had a blast. By the end of the day he was covered in mud, food, hay, and sweat. He was exhausted . We threw him in the summer's excuse for a bath, the pool, and planned for him to pass out from exhaustion. Didn't happen. Parent's Worst Nightmare- The OverTired Child. We were all trying to go to sleep. I imagine mom and dad on top of each other in the sunken bed. Graham trying to sleep but mosquitoes hanging out buzzing in his ears, me on the table bed with a kid that won't quit crying. Graham finally lost it. Jumped out of bed and yelled "Oh my God, this sucks so bad. It is like we are the F*****g Griswolds".
Things eventually calmed down and I wouldn't say it was restful, but we were able to get some sleep. The next morning when we were all pretty sure we had all the family togetherness that we could take I hear Graham screaming from the bathroom. " Oh my God, oh my God, come quick, it happened again". I rushed to him thinking he might be getting attacked by a giant cockroach (as if I would help ) and he is standing in front of the mirror. He turns and says to me- " I got better looking than I was yesterday". Yes, he has always been like that.
Graham and I headed back to our homes that day. Mom and Dad were supposed to stay a few more nights at the camper. She has never really admitted it, but we know she checked into a hotel for the rest of the trip. Even penny pinching dad was happy to pay for it.