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Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

5th Sunday at Peepaw's


Years ago now, my parents started a tradition called "5th Sunday." Every month with a 5th Sunday in it there is a standing invitation to all their kids, grans, and great grans to come to S. Adams Street for dinner.

Things have changed in recent years. Mom now resides in Heaven, Sister Pam and BIL Joe live in Florida, Niece Misti has moved to Sitka Alaska, and Fisherhubby and I are in Central Wisconsin.

Still Peepaw, as we affectionately call my dad, continues the tradition. These days, unless Sister Pam and I have returned from far flung reaches, most of the 5th Sunday attendees are Fisherhubby's and my offspring, their spouses, and children.

Last Sunday was 5th Sunday at South Adams Street. Though Fisherhubby and I couldn't be there our oldest daughter took the following photos and shared the following sentiments:

Fifth Sunday Dinner is -
...homemade food
...loud boisterous talking
...Grandpa's red apron
...the chime of the dining room clock passed down through generations

Keri Baker

Peepaw, 83 years young greets his grans and great grans.

Yes, he most certainly IS a real cook!

Two grans and two friends of grans playing with the same old cardboard box of toys that our offspring and their cousins played with all their growing up years.

Amazing how those old low tech toys still capture and hold attention.

The kids make a beeline for the closet where they KNOW the old cardboard box is kept.

The food is always delicious.

And our oldest son Kelly is always ORNERY (just like Fisherhubby - - - wink, wink). Good thing he married a calm, patient sweetheart!

As always, Peepaw waits until LAST to fill his plate - - - ever hovering to make sure all the kids, grans, and great grans get their fill. Looks like our SIL Chris is about to enjoy some salad.

And all around the table there is joy. We are not a quiet crew - - - but we know what we like, and we like this tradition of getting together.

Even youngest son Kyle, with "the face" and waving a carrot is enjoying himself. He's just adding his own brand of humor to the day. He has to be very original to be heard or seen above his older brother's clamor.

There is reminiscing of days gone by - - - there is dreaming of the future - - -

There is encouragement - - - there is the bond of belonging.

And after dinner?

"Pile on Auntie Korie!"

Whew - - - it USED to be "Pile on mom!" I'm pretty glad to pass THAT particular tradition down to our "little girl."

Joining Unknown Mami
For Sundays in my City.

Today my city is Marion, Indiana



tinajo said...

That is SO nice, I love traditions like that - and may I say that he looks much younger than his age! :-)

Smellyann said...

What an awesome tradition; I love it!! Peepaw sounds great. :D

Jojo said...

Such a wonderful tradition. It's like a real life Hallmark moment.

Unknown said...

How wonderful they live there and can have the fun and tradition of multiple generations and Sunday Dinner! I love the toys!

Tara R. said...

What a fantastic tradition. I got all verklempt at the photos. Your family looks like they have a lot of fun together.

Wayne W Smith said...

Family traditions such as these are the perfect way to keep a loving and caring community. Congrats on being so proactive.

Alyx said...

I saw this on Keri's blog, and I love it! Such a cool family tradition!

Vidya Sury said...

I feel so nostalgic looking at these photos. We used to do that until a few years ago. Now everyone is scattered across the globe. I grew up in a joint family - My Granma, Ma, Uncles and Aunts and cousins. Amazing gang.

Very very nice feeling, coming over, as always. Thank you, Keetha! Have a wonderful week ahead.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love traditions like this. These are precious and priceless memories!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful tradition. It is good to see children carrying on such a bonding tradition. It would be great to see a collage with photos of 5th Sunday's over the years. Have a fantastic week.

Anonymous said...

We did this almost every Sunday evening for a few years until my dad got married again 15 mo.ago at age 84! Now we are doing it once a month during the time they are home from Fla. it is a great tradition.
Our dads both look great!

Keri said...

I {heart} my family. :)

Claudya Martinez said...

What a beautiful tradition! If I ever move near by, you'll have to adopt me.

podso said...

This brought joy in just the reading of it and the pics. What a wonderful tradition and amazing your dad is still hosting!

CHERI said...

Peepaw is one handsome man. If he lived near here I'd introduce him to my 83-year old mother!!! She would love a man who would cook for her:)

Lynn said...

Just as I imagined that your extended family would be! Sort of like mine! said...

What a special family tradition, and what a special family. I can feel the love and laughter.

PS I agree, I much prefer when bloggers spotlighting their cities inform us what cities they're spotlighting.

Be well, Keetha.

Anita Johnson said...

This is such a great idea, I might just start it here too! What a great thing to look forward to with out all the phone calls needed to 'pick a date to get together". Brilliant. Love the photos of your dad too!

Erin said...

That is an awesome tradition!

Julie said...

Your family looks like so much fun! I can feel the love and laughter around the table from here in bloggyland. :) That's a wonderful tradition...and makes me miss my grandparents. Thanks for sharing!

StarTraci said...

What an amazing tradition -- how fortunate your family is to have a man such as Peepaw to keep it going. I'm glad your daughter was there to capture the moments.

Traci said...

It is amazing how those types of traditions have been lost in the last decade or so. How nice to make it the 5th Sunday so it is on everyone's calendar and yet isn't a burden with its regularity. Really lovely family you have.

Anonymous said...

How sweet is this??? I was smiling through the entire post. What an amazing man Peepaw is to continue this. You know he looks forward to months with 5 Sundays!!

urban muser said...

that is such a lovely tradition!

42N said...

I hope he knew that several people were going to show up on that day. Looks like it was a fun time. Oh the days of piling on.

Maggie said...

Loved this post and learning about this great family tradition.
Maggie xo

Mrs4444 said...

What a fantastic tradition! When I'm a grandma, I'm definitely going to do this. Thanks for sharing this :)

Kranky Granny said...

What a wonderful tradition. Certainly a day that is worth keeping available for everyone to celebrate the love of family.

I am lucky. I have twelve siblings and my entire extended family including nieces and nephews with even a few great greats currently totals 75 and all but six live in the same county. So, we get together often.

We have two weddings happening this summer and one new arrival due any day so that number is always changing. We just need to build a place that will hold us all at one time without having to worry about what the weather will be like.