On any given Memorial Day weekend at the Farm you will find up to 60 or more people. Aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and even relatives that drive from Alabama just for this weekend.
There is a chicken fry on Saturday night, golf outing on Sunday morning along with a big send-off breakfast for the golfers before their big day. The rest is just a whole lot of hanging out.
There is a tire swing that has swung countless children, an old cabin filled with pictures and memories, lawn chairs, tents, kids, a fire outside every night and enough food to feed everyone there for at least a month. Seriously.
Some of the best memories and funniest stories come from this weekend, they either happened there or you heard about them there.
Family holidays and traditions are very important in my family and this one ranks right up there with Christmas.
Homemade blackberry cobbler, a few of the tents, sitting on the porch at night, cousins riding in the back of a pick-up truck hoping to catch a glimpse of the Goodyear Blimp....
An Election poster for one of my aunts in the running for "Farm Queen" and
one of the coolest discoveries of the weekend; a box turtle.
The Farm has been in my uncle's family for probably close to 100 years and when his great-grandfather
first started going down there they were travelling in a horse and buggy. Can you imagine?
My uncle passed away four years ago and although we could not imagine going down there and having this Memorial Day celebration without him, one also can't imagine it not going on without him either.
I know that it would mean so much to him that we are all still spending this Holiday together and by celebrating this weekend as a family and making memories for our children to talk about some day is just the perfect way to honor his memory....and really, that's what it's all about.