My Son-In-Law's Birthday Party [49]

BIRTHDAY FOR ALL OCCASIONS
BIRTHDAY FOR ALL OCCASIONS
AN ADULT BIRTHDAY
AN ADULT BIRTHDAY
A BIRTHDAY FOR A HUNTER
A BIRTHDAY FOR A HUNTER

It's our turn to arrive, My wife and I

To feast and celebrate

another fine year gone by

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We carry the cake, carrot cake, his favorite

into the house

The gin and mixer we had was for the ladies

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I wandered outside to see the celebrant

There with son and friend,

around a barrel fire they stood

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They talked of hunting and killing deer

and all the fun they had,

even my grandson, a veteran at seven

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I listened for awhile, not saying much

Trying to find the fun in death

I couldn't, so I excused myself and walked away

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I next went in to help my step-daughter

with computer problems

while waiting for the crowd to gathered

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Problem solved, I lingered on, playing on the keyboard,

Enjoying the solitude,

Before facing the maddening crowd again

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Standing up, walked from den to kitchen

Leaned against the door jam

Took in the sight, the hustle and bustle of preparation

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Women dance around each other

The kitchen, oh so tiny

Preparing the meal to come, quite interesting

COOKING YOUR ON BIRTHDAY DINNER
COOKING YOUR ON BIRTHDAY DINNER
ENJOYING COMRADERIE
ENJOYING COMRADERIE

Our birthday boy was also the cook, his job already done

Wonderful aroma, smoked pork and beef

I steal me some before I leave

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Through kitchen, around the women

Out the door, its gotten dusk

The barrel fire glowing to the left

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The Celebrant, friend, and now brother-in-law

Still around the fire

Still talking about hunting, that's what they do in the South

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Free chair on the carport, I sit near my wife's friends

Listen to them chat

Watch the kids skate up and down

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Laughter, yelling, lots of yelling as they skate

Did I do that way, way back when?

Such energy, such freedom, I watch amazed

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The ladies next me say something and I agree

Turning back, I watch a young boy

help my much younger grandson roll down the driveway

- How nice that is, I think

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Sitting back, pondering what's 'round me

Boys now taking turns driving the 4-wheeler

The oldest just turned eight, the hunter

ENJOYING COMRADERIE
ENJOYING COMRADERIE

The women talking in groups on the carport or in the kitchen

The men still around the fire

Me lost in thought, my normal mode at birthday parties

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Its strange being here with this group of folks

Sort of like a fish out of water

Not much in common other than the love for my wife,

- Their mother, their friend

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This is her family and friends at this birthday party

I guess they are mine now

Nice and kind folk all, and wow can the birthday boy cook!

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I am the last of my branch and related limbs are rare

Hunting and fishing aren't for me

I am not religious and I am Democrat to boot,

- did I tell you I live in the South?

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So, I bide my time and think my thoughts

Enjoy the sights and sounds

Waiting for the bell to sound the signal all have wanted

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION A DIFFERENT WAY
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION A DIFFERENT WAY

Dinner is on, then cake, Carrot Cake, is served

The Celebrant is honored

Happy Birthday is sung, everybody cheers

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The men wander out to their fire to talk, now of sports

The women clean and talk of children

The children run outside to play some more

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The birthday is now complete

Each is entertained in their own favorite way

So, I wander off to my cave to do the same.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I completely understand this E. I too, feel out of place sometimes, even around those I love...but, I won't trade it for anything.

Great write!

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My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Thanks CMerritt, sometimes I feel like I am in the Graduate because I am so out of place down here. The Hub pages and a couple of people in my Hot Springs and Las Vegas offices are my only intellectual outlets.

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