Sunday, August 03, 2008

A Whale of Birthday Dinner

As Mom was scooping out her serving of fruit salad from the watermelon-whale she said, "This is a whale of a meal!" We enjoyed our afternoon at Mom and Dad's and especially had fun watching the children. Jacquelyn took Nehemiah in her arms for the first time and asked, "It all comes back like it was yesterday doesn't it?" Mom and Dad's five children managed to have their children all about the same time. The grandchildren grew up together and there was always a lot of activity and a baby or two at holiday gatherings. A gathering at their house now means there are lots of young adults who enjoy playing card games, and we don't have to check up on them anymore if things get quiet. When they were little, the cousins would run around outdoors until sundown and the drive home would be very quiet as one by one they fell asleep. They always loved their time at their grandparents'.

Now the great-grandbabies are coming along and the same is true for them. Annelise ran around with Qavah most of the afternoon. She waved good-bye to everyone tonight at sundown dressed in her pajamas in preparation for falling asleep in her car seat on the way back to Roanoke. A new generation has begun to experience growing up with Granddaddy and Grandmom. We're grateful that Mom and Dad Campbell are still able to have us all over and watch a new generation grow. Happy birthday to both of them!

On Saturday, Paul Burton carved a watermelon-whale as Qavah looked on.

While scooping out the insides, Paul Burton told us about certain surgeries he has observed. You don't want to hear about it. Trust me.

The eyeball socket was carved with an apple corer.

Kathryn found the old jar of big marbles from their childhood for the eyes.

The blow hole has a spray of fresh baby's breath coming out of it. It was then filled with fresh fruit to take to Grandmom and Granddaddy's house. We brought the "empty" whale home tonight. Tomorrow it will float in the bathtub with a small male doll from the doll house inside the belly while I tell Qavah the story of Jonah again!

Happy Birthday Mom and Dad!