By Aunt_HeatherPiper on May 14, 2013
Each time you step off your path and give someone an act of kindness...then your road to happiness just to a little smoother. ~Donna A. Favors
This past weekend, yes Mother's Day weekend, was the 24th Annual Louise Planinsek Fishing Derby. This much anticipated event, is talked about and prepared for all year long. It's one of those activities that is automatically added to the calendar and you plan around, taking priority over everything else.
On a side note, happy late Mother's Day to all those mother's, guardians, role models, and anyone who has nurtured, raised and helped make a difference in the life of a child.
Friday night, me, mom and Kyle headed up to the Fishing Derby with our covered dishes. I made brownies and Kyle requested my pasta salad. We sat around the bonfire eating, drinking and chit chatting with everyone. Some individuals I see every week in church, and some I see once a year. Regardless, it's always a good time with a great group of friends and family.
At this time, we usually pitch the tent, set up our camping gear and get out our fishing stuff. However, this year I did not brave the rain and thunder storms. I wimped out and broke the news to Kyle that we were going to be sleeping in our warm beds, under the protection of the roof. He didn't seem very thrilled with arrangement, but when he saw most others had the same idea, he reluctantly went along with the game plan. Originally, Casey and his family invited Kyle to stay in their tent. But with the threat of high winds, severe rains and thunder and lightening, camping indoors became the trend. I can handle camping out when it's cold and such, but when the skies are screaming and barreling in like a freight train, and the electricity is turning night into day, camping under trees on the ground is not not my cup of tea. Although, Beth Planinsek informed me that everyone is instructed to camp out for the 25th Anniversary Fishing Derby next year. For a special occasion like that one, I'm game and I'm sure Kyle won't complain.
The kids ran around playing dodge ball until it got dark, then they started playing tag. Kyle came up to me and said, "Boy Aunt Heather, it gets hard to play tag in the dark, especially when I don't have my glasses on. Sometimes you have to tag someone even if you're really not sure if they are playing or not." I laughed at that statement thinking, 'Wonder who he tagged that wasn't playing?' I love seeing Kyle running around, playing with other kids, and I mean playing hard. Abandoning all electronic devices and games and running in the mud and dirt with a game of old fashion tag. That is what being a kid is all about!
Bob Dowler, longtime neighbor of the Planinsek's, (his parents owned Sugarbush restaurant) made the popcorn in the big iron kettle on the fire. The best popcorn ever! Kyle assisted him in years past, but this year he was burning off a year's worth of energy. Eddie who was seated by mom administered the bag and Lori managed the salt. They cracked me up! That family is too much!
Before long, mom and I wanted to call it a night, yet we didn't want to put a damper on Kyle's fun, so I took mom home and had Kyle call me when he was ready. Sure enough, as soon as I got home, which was only a five minute drive, Kyle called and said he was ready. So back up over the ridge I drove, to pick up my little package. Not that I mind at all. He was getting out in the fresh air and hanging with a good bunch of kids.
While winding down for the evening, Kyle instructed us that we, were to be up at 6:00 am, allowing us enough time to get ready and be back at the Planinsek Pavilion when breakfast was served at 7:00 am. No worries, we are all morning people and usually I get up between 5:00 am and 6:00 am every day, anyway. The hardest part of the evening was getting my "cruddy" nephew into the shower before he fell asleep in front of the fireplace.
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