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Everyone needs an Aunt Pat
September 2, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
Just spent the weekend at my aunt and uncle's farm in Mount Sterling, south of Columbus, and it was glorious. There are several things you can count on when you visit my Aunt Pat.
1. You will be fed to bursting.
Aunt Pat believes in three large meals a day when entertaining guests. Here's a sample menu:
Saturday lunch -- Cold meatloaf sandwiches on homemade bread, potato salad (Gram's recipe), watermelon, and double-thick brownies for dessert.
Saturday supper -- Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and onions, homemade bread, and her famous chocolate pie topped a mile high with Cool Whip for dessert.
Sunday breakfast --Thick bacon with scrambled eggs and mush fried in the grease.
Sunday lunch -- Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, corn bake; pie for dessert.
Sunday supper -- Pork tenderloin, leftovers, and chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert.
Monday breakfast -- Bacon, cinnamon-vanilla French toast and scrambled eggs fried in bacon grease.
Mmmm, mmmm good!
2. You will be presented with gifts.
Aunt Pat believes in shopping for all her family members year-round and doesn't bother to wait until a holiday or birthday to give gifts. She finds many of these treasures at auctions.
I left her house yesterday not only with a matted black-and-white drawing of a bunny (our daughter's nickname), but also with a paperback set in Scotland, four day lilies and two sedum plants to transplant, nearly a whole pie, and a grocery sack filled with DVDs and videos borrowed from my uncle's extensive video library.
3. You will have fun.
Whether it's swimming in the pond, hiking down to the creek, playing volleyball in the yard, catching butterflies, playing "spoons" (a card game), playing dress-up (yes, even the adults get in on the act), putting on a puppet show, racing through the cornfields, or just hanging out and visiting, folks of all ages find something enjoyable to do at Aunt Pat's.
The youngsters still bring along their MP3 players and handheld video games, but they get surprisingly little use on the farm -- the great outdoors beckons.
Aunt Pat is my mother's sister. My mother and stepdad joined us at the farm this weekend, along with my cousins, my brother and lots of little ones. My mom shares Aunt Pat's fun-loving, food-loving, kid-geared mentality, and brought homemade berry pies, handmade paper necklaces she bought at a farmers' market, and crazy dress-up wigs to share.
When we were kids, a visit to Aunt Pat's farm was cause for much rejoicing. Now that we're grown-ups, it has lost none of its charm, and a second generation is making memories there. Thanks, Aunt Pat!
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Fun at Aunt Pat's with a crazy wig Granny Jan brought with her from Georgia.