NAME SOMETHING PEOPLE save money for.
How many times does your mom have to tell you to do something before it gets done?
Name something you write down to remember.
If you know the answers (see below) to those Family Feud style questions, then you should have been at my middle brother’s home in southwestern Minnesota on Sunday. We sparred in a brief version of this television game show with young family members competing against old, “old” being anyone 50 or older.
Settled onto our lawn chairs on the driveway in front of the garage, one member of each team stepped up to a cooler, introduced themselves and then poised with hands behind backs awaiting the question. Lacking a buzzer to buzz, we substituted a plastic gallon of cheese balls plopped upon a cooler. Slap the cheese ball lid cover first and your team plays first.
If I hadn’t been so intent on winning this game, I may have thought to take pictures of the cheese ball container slapping contestants.
However, I took plenty of photos of the earlier sprinkler gymnastics. I refrained from that activity until later, at the exact moment one gymnast grabbed the sprinkler and ran onto the patio spraying all non-participants, including my 79-year-old mom. Just before that happened, I had decided to join the sprinkler crew. Timing is everything.
When you view these sprinkler gymnastics images, you will understand why I hesitated initially to join the group. I did not want to risk a leap onto water-slicked grass. Nor did I want to appear too foolish in that YouTube video my nephew-in-law was filming.
Ah, my extended family loves to have fun.
Later, not long after the sun set on the Minnesota prairie, out came the sparklers. More fun. More laughter. More memories.
I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather celebrate Independence Day than with my extended family on the land I love most, southwestern Minnesota.
HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE your Fourth of July?
HERE ARE THE TOP answers to the three questions posed at the beginning of this post:
Vacation, two times and phone numbers.
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