Eat Your Cake and Wait for It Too

November 26, 2006 at 11:26 pm 4 comments

Also on Friday, Larry Bowman and I got to attend my Great Uncle Chuck’s 90th Birthday Party!  Great Uncle Chuck was visiting from his farm in New Castle, Pennsylvania.  He had Thanksgiving at his sister’s house in Richmond and then she organized a surprise gathering the day after Thanksgiving.  Uncle Chuck thought they were going to eat at Wendy’s (I suspect he is a fan of Wendy’s– everytime I visit the farm we eat a lunch there).  The guest of honor did become suspicious, however, when his sister made him change out of his Virginia Tech sweatshirt and into a nice dress shirt. 

The party was held at a local country club.  For lunch we had a buffet that featured fried clam strips, hush puppies and some kind of chilled potato and shrimp salad.  I got to sit near the head of the table and was squished between my father and my sister.  It proved to be the perfect locale.  I had easy access to my grandmother, Great Uncle Chuck and Great Aunt Carolyn.  Plus I got to talk about Borat with my father and compare hair color with my sister. 

After lunch, came my favorite part of any celebration– the cake.  Again I profitted from my position at the table.  Since we were near the honored guest, my father, myself and my sister were served pretty quickly.  After making a comment about how my sister got an icing rose and I just got a plain piece of cake (I don’t think she picked up on my envy), I started to dig in.  I took my fork and scooped off that coveted inaugural bite when suddenly I noticed all three of my oldest relatives were not touching their cake.  Uncle Chuck, Aunt Carolyn and Grandma all sat stoically with erect postures and hands no where near their desserts.

“Oh whoops, ” I said and slowly returned my cake-loaded fork to the plate, “I guess we aren’t supposed to eat yet.”

“Mmpf?” My father was in mid-bite and with a clank, he retreated his fork as well.

At that point I was glad to be sitting next to my sister, because we simultaneously noticed Dad’s plate.  In the time it took me to balk about the rose and start to eat, my father had nearly devoured his entire cake.  His plate was home to two measley bites (and I mean measley). 

A lot of words can be used to describe Sawyers.  Those words are typically not synonymous with the likes of “neat”, “patient”, “quiet” and “polite”  🙂

But we sure do have some good laughs.

Entry filed under: Carolyn L, Dad, Grandma, Great Uncle Chuck.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  November 26, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    Yeah, it was hilarious when Dad tried to hide the fact that he had devoured his cake by trying to put it in his lap under the table.

    You mentioned Borat, but you neglected to mention another hilarious Dad quote. He said after he saw the Borat movie, he “had to go straight to the hospital because he had a hernia from laughing so much”. I still crack up when I think about that. I was repeating that phrase many times Friday night.

    My friends Christian & Shannon & Kipp went to see the Borat movie on Saturday. They all seemed to love it as well. There was much laughter and reminiscing about funny parts on Saturday night when Clint & I were visiting.

  • 2. Clint  |  November 27, 2006 at 10:02 am

    I, too, agree that comma-within-quotes is dead! Things like “this”, “that”, and “the other” are so much better with the commas outside of the quotes.

  • 3. tgaw  |  November 27, 2006 at 11:13 am

    It looks awkward otherwise.

  • 4. tgaw  |  November 27, 2006 at 11:17 am

    My favorite Borat reminiscing came from Sean. On AOL IM, I told him about something I needed to do (probably a meeting) and he wrote back:

    “That sounds like fun pause not.”

    Refer to:


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