Monday, June 1, 2009

My Litter Mates

"Litter Mates" probably isn't the right word. "Kin?" "Siblings?" "Beloved Brothers & Sisters?" "Clan?"

Silly us. Look how we "lined up." We haven't been together since my mother's funeral in 2000, and this is only 6 of the 7 of us. Ronnie, our oldest brother, (our "captain"), couldnt' make it to this graduation party. So in our excitement, we didn't exactly compose ourselves into a nice group shot; we simply lined up in our well-understood youngest-to-oldest arrangement.

Incredibly, these same 6 people once piled into one wretched Chevy Impala, with our mother and father, and took The Vacation, the One Big Trip, from Chicago to a Wisconsin cabin, in the '60s. You haven't lived until you've sat for several hot, sticky, hours in the back seat of an Impala, in two layers, arguing over which child with diapers was most leak-proof and/or squirmy, and was going to be on YOUR lap for the duration.

15 comments:

Suzy said...

What a beautiful shot! I love that y'all lined up youngest to oldest. I think my siblings and I would probably do the same!

Sharon said...

We never lined up. We always did rows even though there are only 5 of us. And luckily we had station wagons so we never had to do the lap riders. Love this shot!

Cindi Koceich said...

How wonderful to have such a close family!!! Sweet shot!!

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

What a great shot to have!! What a wonderful family :).

pat said...

I love how you all just automatically fell in to Photo Position! That road trip sounds brutal--your poor parents!

Nicki, said...

How neat that all of you managed to get together. Such a nice shot, even if you are lined on chronological order - it works well for you all. Awe, family vacations - no air-conditioning and fights over who got to ride up front (between Mom and Dad /bench seating - I don't think they even make those anymore other than in trucks).

Maria said...

I just love this picture.

Chell said...

What a great shot just to have you all together is awesome

Beth said...

Very cute story! I'd never want to take a trip like that with my kids and there are only 2 of them:)

Lauren said...

Your vacation tidbit made me smile! What a lovely looking group you all are. "Lined up" is better than no shot at all, right?!?

Mandy said...

Awwww...that is just so darling. My mother is the oldest of 13 and they line up just like that when they take shot too. Its great that you have so many special memories together as siblings. As an only child, I am truly jealous.

Jess said...

What a treasure this photo is! And I vividly remember many trips with my sisters and cousins all piled into my mom's station wagon... we used to fight over who got to sit in the "way back", LOL.

Reds said...

Beautiful family!! How great that you got to see your brothers and sisters!

~Jenn H~ said...

Great shot-and I think my brother would die of horror if I ever referred to him as my "litter mate", lol, but I love it!!

Amy said...

How fun, too bad one was missing! I also like that you lined up by age. :)