Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I have just returned from the long July 4th Weekend at our family cottage on the lake, where along with 49 other members from my husband's side of the family (plus two dogs), I gathered for the first ever Gannon Family Reunion: 'GANNONSTOCK 2009'-so named in honor of this summer's 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock (:

We are an eclectic group-the youngest 7 months old, the oldest 64 years young- with interests as varied and different as can be. But, for three days we came together as one. We shared stories around the campfire. We played in the water. We had a very disorganized, but, oh so dazzling, boat parade around the bay (which included ski boats, hobies, paddle boats, and rafts). We sang Michael Jackson songs in an off-beat harmony to honor the recently fallen King of Pop. We ate too many roasted hot dogs and we drank too many brandy slushes! We 'ooohed and aaahed' over Tom and Rick's spectacular fireworks display as we huddled together around a roaring pit fire.

We celebrated our many freedoms, we counted our rich blessings.

How lucky I feel to be part of such a large and loving family.

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