Independence can mean a lot of things. Judging by the weather currently, and for the holiday weekend ahead, I think it is safe to say you can be independent from your garden hose. Looks like a weekend made for indoor activities. It can be disappointing, dodging raindrops, or simply staring out the window at this July deluge. You had other plans. We all had other plans. Perhaps a window of opportunity will permit a good showing of fireworks, but what to do about the family get-together?
Excused absences from a family reunion due to weather may be permissible; but not if you’re Aunt May. Who will bring the award winning potato salad, cole slaw and chess pie? How can you possibly bring the entire family together, at least those who are speaking to each other, without her vital nutritional provisions? You see, Aunt May is the lynchpin of the entire event. The reunion can’t happen without her; at least that is what she believes. Auntie Millie has offered to ‘do’ the baked beans, but there’s a good reason she gets to take most of that back home with her. Even the starving stray dogs won’t eat them.
The pressure is not entirely on the women-folk. Anthony and Uncle Buddy are in charge of cooking the meat. Just about anybody can do that, but their real specialty is ribs. Their process is so secret that they start after dark the night before and cook them all night. The meat just falls off the bone. They used to let cousin Billy make the sauce. One year Billy was experimenting with different sauces and inadvertently got too much of the wrong kind of sauce. When he didn’t show up, Anthony and Buddy went to check on him. It looked like a crime scene. Billy simply got a little too ‘tight’ from all of the sauce sampling and spilled ketchup everywhere, right before he took a nap on the floor. Fortunately, Billy is off the sauce now.
Enjoy your Independence weekend!