An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

When words are inadequate ...

 
 
 
The above photo says it all.

Several times now I have started to write about our Thanksgiving week; over the holidays I even opened my laptop to blog about our family adventures, but as soon as the screen loaded I shut it down again.

Sometimes words get in the way, and it was lovely to just to be in the moment and not try to capture or hold it down in any way.

Besides, how can I take a week of memories and whittle them down into a simple blog post? How can I possibly fit all the words I need onto this computer screen to adequately describe our beautiful beach house, dolphins in the ocean, loud poker games, and beach football?

How can words -- neatly lined up in military precision -- convey the confusion (and sometimes bedlam) of 17 people under one roof? Of the laughter, the time-outs, the endless dishes, the slamming doors, and even of that nasty cold virus making the rounds?

And what tender words do I use to describe the Hallmark moments -- Bear's hugs, Nonna and Nonno square dancing, the grandchildren huddled around Nonno as he opened his birthday gifts, or everyone hula hooping, singing, juggling, or playing an instrument during the Family Talent Show?

I am a poor writer, because I have no words for it all.

Except thankful. Maybe that will do.

The Gathering Place




A Surprise for Nonna and Nonno
A Family Art show featuring art from every family member ...


 
 






Nonno's birthday gift: Art Supplies
(See? There was a theme to the evening)
Because he is always borrowing crayons, markers, and pencils from the grandchildren, and because he does have some hidden artistic talent, we gave Nonno his own art supplies.
 
We also gave him an iPad, but that's another story because 
who knew the words Nonno and iPad would ever be in the same sentence??


 
Family Talent Show:
Everyone participated, including 
Nonno and Nonna who showed us their square dancing moves!
 

 
 
 



Sunrise from our back deck

 
Again, thankful. 

6 comments:

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I'm so glad you had a perfect time!

Lisa said...

Oh, Bia. This was wonderful, and perfectly described! Your familyis such a blessing - to one another most especially ~ but also to those of us who just get a glimpse of the love and faith and fun.

tiziana said...

E' vero, non ci sono parole per descrivere una così bella famiglia. Momenti indimenticabili che resteranno nel cuore di tutti, soprattutto dei più giovani.
Che belle fotografie.

THOMAS said...

THOMAS said...

Aunt Maria, this is Thomas leaving a comment. I finally figured out how.I hope we can have a family gathering again sometime!:]

Bia said...

THOMAS!!! Hello sweetie. Thank you for leaving a comment, and I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks.

MWAH (that's a kissy sound from me to you!)

Bj Crookshank said...

Thanks for sharing. We also had a Thankful holiday even though we know it will be a last with our brother. We did old picture albums(remember then?)some from 1928. Laughter and tears blended together. Sweet.
Bj