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The autographs that matter

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012, at 12:23 PM

It makes me sad to think that we have missed out on some quality family time courtesy the busy summer weekends where there seems to be other things more important and there isn't enough time within the two day weekends to fit everything in. We tried desperately to remember the last time we hosted a meal where there wasn't a holiday involved, and just couldn't find one.

Sunday was the exception. Following a conversation where Kenna had mentioned something about no one wanting to hang out with them, I had put out a quick impromptu invite for an early supper at our house! Nothing special, just some time to visit and play. At one point on Saturday, we had no idea what the menu consisted of, let alone how many would come. Being the hostess that I am, I got it all together and as I usually do I prepared a bit too many things...add that to what the rest brought... yep some rather full tummies by the end of the meal.

However the meal wasn't the big hit of the day, it was the impromptu entertainment that followed cleanup. You see we have some very entertaining grandchildren with some rather extensive imaginations. All of the sudden there were instructions to enter the family room for the "show"scattered on the floors of the other rooms with arrows pointed directly to makeshift auditorium. While we were being seated we were given sheets of paper to save for autographs following the "show". Everyone received no less then three pieces of paper and if you didn't hold on to them you would get scolded by Hayden. And if by chance you lingered behind there was a poster stuck to the fridge "Show this way ---> please make odagroffs!" That is one poster that will be kept in a special place.

In the audience were parents, aunts, uncles, Grandma and Grandpa, Great-grandma and the youngest Brayden...oh wait until the boys start performing (karate or wrestling moves?). We all were so excited to see what these performers had to show us. We have a "stage", its a window seat on the end of our staircase where the magic took place; I knew there was a reason why we purchased this house!

The talent that came streaming out of these girls was amazing. We were in the midst of a Rapper (that music was banned at our house when my girls were growing up. Needless to say this was clean rap), a dancer, a soloist/drama queen and an up and coming singing gymnast! The crowd cheered following each and every performance and at the end of the "show" autographs indeed were given.

It was an afternoon full of food and talent. I would not trade these quality moments for anything. I would encourage you to look for and treasure the talents in your loved ones, before the time gets away from you.

I truly look forward to the next "show", with the hopes that even more stars are able to show off their talents for an awaiting audience full of loving family members.

* Trudy Shroeder is a Pilot-Tribune alum who contributes a column on family life.

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