Monday, June 26, 2006

Diversity

Our neighbors invited us over for a picnic/cookout this past weekend. It turned out to be more interesting than I bargained for. We were an eye opening little group- black, white, Latino & Asian. American, Pakistani, Salvadorean. Babies, teens & adults. Blessing was said in two different traditions in three languages. It was amazing!

The food was pretty good too. Curried goat, hamburgers, hotdogs, beef ribs (no pork). The curry was excellent, BTW. Spicy & delicious. Three types of salad. A great time was had by all. We listened to everything from old school R&B to the Pussycat Dolls. Suddenly, it began to absolutely POUR- then all hell broke loose. It was pretty funny, actually. Running back & forth into the houses trying to bring everything inside. Mud & water & screaming laughing kids everywhere. Dogs trying to steal the meat off the tables. Someone took my catsup & mustard home, but other than that it was fun.

I just barely managed to get my walk in this afternoon between thunderstorms. I'd piled all the kids & our water & towels & ipods & scooters (you know how it is with kids) into the car & started to drive over to the park where we walk the trails together. No dice. Poured buckets. Took the boys back home & dropped them off & went grocery shoppping with Daughter. Bright sunshine & tropical humidity the whole time we were in the store. Stayed that way long enough to shop, drive home, unload the groceries & eat lunch.

Pile everyone back into the car & drive into the park. It rains again. This time with thunder. We managed about half of our usual distance on the paved road. Then I remembered the wide, flat handicapped accesible trail that's under a heavy canopy of trees. It's set up in a loop down into a little gully. Damp & drippy but reasonably dry compared to the open road. I managed to get the remainder of our workout in before the scary weather settled in.
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2 comments:

Tara Marie said...

Your picnic sounds wonderful.

Isn't this weather bizarre. We're not getting hit as hard as you folks down in the Mid-Atlantic, but we've had off and on down pours since Saturday. It's unbelievably humid, but the temperature is only in the 70s, so between rains it's not hot enough to go swimming. And this wont be letting up for a few more days.

jenster said...

What a great experience for your kids especially! A great day of multiple cultures.

Yeah, I'm getting a little tired of the rain. I left rainey and humid Arkansas for this?? lol. At least it's not quite as hot as it gets down there.

Goodonya for the exercising, Amanda. I've started swimming at the YMCA - which I can do even in the rain since it's indoor. I had a bit of a problem with my "girls" - one ended up under my armpit and the other down to my waist - but I've fixed that problem. lol Now my biggest problem is getting my stamina back. MAN am I out of shape!!!

Speaking of which, it's time to go pin my shoulderpads into the chest pockets of my swimsuit and go at it again.

Jen