Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Family-r-us


Hi, Everyone, Reagan Summerside here talking about families and there are no families on this here planet closer than Southern families and that includes the Summersides. We’re all different for sure...

Mamma and KiKi were sisters. At birth the muses tangoed over auntie’s crib turning her into Savannah’s dance diva and they wrapped mamma in a blanket with little elephants resulting in this campaign and me getting the name Reagan.

but we’re there for each other when it counts like now when Mamma’s running for office!

“People are going to hate me if I do this,” I said to Auntie KiKi. “They’re going to cuss a blue streak and call me names and tell me to mind my own blankety-blank business and then slam the phone in my ear.”                               
  “Oh for crying in a bucket, Reagan.” KiKi shoved a computer printout at me. “Time to put on your iron-clad bloomers and dial the numbers on this here sheet. It’s your very own mamma everyone in this room is trying to get elected to city council.

The last thing on earth I want to do is make campaign calls but I will because it’s for Mamma. I keep reminding myself this is the woman who single-handedly raised me after Daddy went boar hunting with the good old boys proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that guns and Johnny Walker Red are indeed a mighty poor mix.

Mamma and Auntie KiKi have always been there for me not rubbing it in when I divorced Hollis Beaumont the Third when they both told me from the get-go he was a horse’s patoot.

Usually I let them have their way because they are my elders and the fact that they don’t listen to me any more than I listen to them but on occasion I put my foot down and get my way.


I studied Mamma and Auntie KiKi and Bruce Willis, a huge wave of thankfulness that we were still here in the kitchen sucking air pouring over me. "We need a group hug," I blurted.
     “Honey,” KiKi said in her best auntie voice. “This isn’t California, we’re Republicans. We’re more a kiss on the forehead you’ll be fine as a fiddle kind of family then we just move on with life.”
I folded my arms across my too tight green warm-up suit and held my ground.

Okay, so you know my family and now I want to know about yours. When was the last time you did something for them when you reeeeeally didn’t want to? Dog sit? Kid sit? Throw a party for obnoxious Uncle Harry? Let me know and I’ll give away two Killer in Crinoline totes from the answers.

Hugs, Reagan

Killer in Crinolines May, 2013
Pearls and Poison March, 2014

24 comments:

  1. This is terrible...but cooked dinner for in-laws on Sunday. Not because I don't get along with them, but because it was so hot and humid that you could poach an egg outside, and my air conditioner is waving a white flag! :)

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  2. Oh, Becky, that is horrible. It's sweltering here in Cincy! I'm not an AC fan but when it gets this hot and humid I'm the one waving the white flag. I sure hope they appreciated all your had work.

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  3. Kid sitting would be the things that I have done. I love my grandkids, all 15 almost 16 of them, but I don't see them often enough to really know them well or have them know me well. So when I am asked to stay with them, all alone by myself, I get a bit nervous. But things have gone pretty well most of the time. Maybe one of the hardest parts about it is I usually don't really talk to many people in a day and when I am kid-sitting, I need to talk a lot! The kids expect answers! And conversation! But I love them a lot! I get to see a bunch of them and their parents again in a couple of weeks! Yay!

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    1. Hi, Elaine. Congrats on on family!! You are indeed blessed.
      I know what you mean about babysitting! Scares me to watch my grandkids, too much responsibility. I have a new one coming from South Korea in an adoption and one on the way in January.

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    2. I actually spent a couple of days all alone with a couple of them, the parents were out of state, and I had never really been around those two that much as they used to live too far away. It is nice to have some of them closer now so I can get to know them a little better. But there are some that are still so far away and so it is only once or twice a year we get to see them. And I did quite well with those two by myself for a few days and then my husband was able to join me and relieve me a bit and help out. I was very happy it went so well and I do feel better about sitting a little more often.

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  4. I have no grand kids yet :(, and only my kids left out of family. My kids never ask me to do things for them ,lol. I guess we are all very self reliant. lol.

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    1. My kids are that way too but I do have inlaws and friends. The holidays get to be a bit much. I just want to keep things simple and they never are.

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  5. In my family there is only THE BROTHER-IN-LAW. just talking to him on the phone is too much for me too handle. Thank goodness he hasn't called in almost a year.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Some people just suck all the air out of a room or a conversation. So much drama. I hate drama.

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  6. Yes, taking care of the 2 dogs very frequently is something I enjoy and look forward to since they are small, well behaved and adorable. Now when the grandchildren are thrown into the mix, soon enough. I am not sure about the menagerie then. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You are certainly going to have your hands full with pets and kids. Have fun and just enjoy the moment!

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  7. On the 4th cooking for visitors and sons and their families. No one brought anything, not that I expected them to, but the visitors could have since we haven't seen them recently and it was an elaborate meal.I always am doing for the kids and feel used up. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, they should have brought something to help out. Good grief, what were they thinking. I'd take my time asking them again. When I do stuff like that I'm pooped for days. Next time assign everyone something. ;-)

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  8. Actually I would like to have family to not want to do something for...I am an only child as is my husband. Our parents and aunts and uncles etc. are deceased. We are fortunate to have friends that we enjoy and we enjoy their children(who are grown).

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    1. Friends are the best family ever...you choose them! LOL Nothing better than good friends. You are blessed to have them in your life. And they don't take you for granted.

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  9. Drove 5 hrs to spend time with my 87 year old father and his new 57 old bride. What a long 2 days!

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    1. Wow that is a lot of love of family on your part. :-) Hope the happy couple is doing well and are happy.

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  10. Cat sitting for my two sisters when they go on a cruise for a week. Their cat loves me, but when they're gone and I spend the night, poor Chloe is so upset that she gets in my face and meows to wake me up - all night long!
    tiggedy2@aol.com

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    1. Boy they better bring you back more then a T-shirt with the name of the ship on it! Poor baby kitty.

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  11. I think keeping my mouth closed when I really wanted to just let fly was the kindest and hardest thing I have done for family. Keeping the peace is not easy sometimes, but the alternative can be devastating.

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    1. Hi, Mary!! Wow that is soooo true. I consider a short memory my best asset when it comes to family. There is always drama!!!

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  12. Hi All!
    the tote winners are Mary Preston, Petite, Elaine Klingbell.
    Send me your addresses to: DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com

    Anyone else wanting goodies let me know and I'll drop them in the mail.
    Thanks for chatting.
    Hugs, Duffy

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  13. You are so different then my own family. We have absolutely nothing in common, and nothing to talk about for more than 5 minutes, how are you. I really don't have any connection at all them, and I do blame my dad for that. Not going into details here.
    But I do show up for birthdays and Christmas.

    Duffy, I am really looking forward to the next book, as I loved the first two!

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