Sunday, December 31, 2006

Family of Supermoggels...

Family Portrait So, the odda night the entire fambily dress we’selves in we finery, and headed on down to the photo studio, to take pictures . My four brothers and sisters, my Mom and Dad, the one grandchild, and our significant others. We went all out. We mixed and matched the moggeling: Chillen only; chillen and parents; parents and grandchild; sisters; brothers; father and sons; father an' daughters…you get the point…

My parents have been separated for over 10 years, divorced for three, and they have never gotten along better. They actually posed for pictures together, as if all was well and hunky-dory. We had a great laugh abut this. My Mudda is gettin’ sexier in she ol' age, and Daddy is jus’ mellowing out. Now that I am older, I can see them for who and what they really are, with a view that is no longer tempered by childhood ideals and prejudices, nor fears of 'taking sides’. I can clearly see their flaws and weaknesses whilst appreciating them for their individuality and the sacrifices that they have made when raising us chillen. My mother is now my friend. She is annoying, aggravating and spoilt, but as I am now an adult and a mother to boot, I can call her on her behaviour. My Dad...well, our relationship is a bit more complex, but we have learned how to deal with each other. I can now dole out hugs and kisses to my Dad, and appreciate the fact that he is a very strong man, with many weaknesses.

Anyway, after we did tek the pics, the whole tribe a we swarmed on a nearby restaurant, where we mixed and mingled some more. My parents commenced with the telling of old childhood tales about us chillen, that we never tired of hearing. We drank wine and champagne, and competed for volume. We were loud and obnoxious, as this was the first time in a long time that we had all gathered, without someone being missing. It was also a tad poignant, as my eldest brother will be moving to Canada in January, so this was also our farewell party for him. Sigh. I am gonna miss him a lot. I am used to having my siblings around me all of the time, and other than college and vacations, we have never been apart like this before. Now, he gone and start a new trend! He will not even be on another Island where I can pop over for a weekend, but all the flicking way in Canada. Crying Cho! Anyway, to put a positive spin on this, I am already planning mine and Sonny’s ski vacation next year, and I know that Caribana will not be missed by the I and I!!!

All and sundry, please have a happy and SAFE New Year! Hold your loved ones close, and treasure them always. My soda drinking days will officially end on January 1st 2007, so in the interim, I am now drinking an ice cold glass of Pepsi, my fifth for the morning. Hear my cyber belch.

On that note, I shall now exit.

'Ta. Ginger

'Fro.





11 comments:

bakannal said...

happy new years' luv.

Mad Bull said...

Sorry to hear 'bout yu broddah. Seems like everybody family mash up and scatter out all over the place nowadays... Happy New Year!

gishungwa said...

Happy Blessed New year Fro and Sonny! Had the family all together for xmas and unlike any other time i see truly appreciated my family with all the drama that comes with them. One of the things am truly thankful for.

Nakeel said...

Happy New Year gal. Glad you enjyed the time with the family and had fun to the fullest.

Leon said...

Happy New Year. It's good to see your parents are still getting along. Enjoy the soda!

Abeni said...

Happy New year to you. My family so scattered but what to do except make the most of the times we get to be together

Gela said...

Awwww, how sweet. When I hear of family gathering like this, I regret being an only child with nary a sibbling. Your mom sounds like mine, dam spoilt but I can hear the love, hehe. Parents can be such brats too, don't ya think? I feel like the parent and she the child these days - hehe.

Look at it this way, at least you have somewhere to stay in Canada. Caribana is fun (well it was back in the days).

I'm so envious now of your big ole family - I love those big, noisy family gathering.

Guyana-Gyal said...

"My mother is now my friend. She is annoying, aggravating and spoilt." Huh? When did you meet MY mum?? Tis her!

I know how you feel about your brodda. Only the other day I was going on about how important my family is to me, how much was missing in my life when I lived away from them.

Happy 2007.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

nice blog - happy nappy new year

Mighty Afroditee said...

Hey Mr. TS - Thanks for dropping by. Have been a closet reader of your Blog ;)

Dr. D. said...

Fro....its a Caribbean thing...we all have fambily scatter scatter 'bout the globe. My sister is in rural Pennsylvania.

As you mention sodas, just had some Ting with the stew peas and rice lunch! ;-)