August 12, 2011

Tribal Council

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. 
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~Jane Howard

We spent most of  last Sunday down in Holly Springs with our "tribe". Chris went down to help Stephen put in a new toilet because one of theirs broke (let me tell you -- there are some fancy toilets out there with some INTERESTING features as we learned on Sunday). I followed about an hour later so I could let Evie finish her nap and eat her 1 pm bottle so she would be in a good mood. Libba and I hung out with the babies while the men did the "MAN WORK". Evie and Leo had a great time laughing at each other; we even caught them holding hands at one point. Don't get me wrong, clearly these two are meant to be together but c'mon Leo -- that is a little forward! After Gus woke up, Evie and Leo snoozed for a bit and Gus, Libba and I played blocks together. I promise you I could never get sick of playing simple games with this kid! He is so cute!

Afterwards, we all went to the Taylor's house for dinner. Philip was there, which is always a good time because he could make a brick wall laugh and kids LOVE him! Sarah made an amazing Sunday Supper of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, fried okra, tomato and cucumber salad, squash casserole, cornbread, butter beans and black forest pie. We all gathered around the table, Stephen said grace and we dug in. We had the best time, and it wasn't just the food but the comforting familiarity of it all. I love being around these people, our chosen family. A tradition of eating a Sunday supper of quintessential Southern cooking, laid out on a table built by one of our own, surrounded by some amazing folks: it is the reason I love where I live and where I am from.

The most special thing about Sunday night was that Libba and Stephen asked Chris and I to be Leo's God Parents!!! Of course, we said yes and are thrilled to play this important role in his life! I was so happy to be able to say that I kissed my sweet Godson goodbye on Sunday night!


In my role as Tribal Photographer (not really, I just made that up...) I took some pictures. Enjoy.

Family Around the Table


Gussy!


Philip doing something silly



Evie in Gus' old booster seat



FOOD!



Pie


Our God Son Robert Leo!