And so this past weekend found the rick-man and me in central Texas, partaking in a wonderful reunion with my siblings and the families we each have created.I am never certain what food we may eat when we gather, or what conversations and recent life experiences we may share, but I’m always confident that we will spend time outside—no matter how hot or humid. A passion and respect for Mother Nature are strong family values that give we three unique offspring a common ground. We three siblings honor our parents through individual hobbies and interests that reflect a childhood where camping trips were what was meant by vacation; where “free-time” meant outdoor play; and where “include your sister” meant I was always in for a wonderful adventure.
Pictures tell the story better than words. A childhood of outdoor play where toys were often empty boxes and inner tubes:
State park hikes included being carried "in the arm chair" when kid sister couldn't keep up:
And some half-century later, a day hike is what we mean by a reunion outing: