Oct 16, 2009

Hunkering Down.

There are a few things my family does well.

Cook. If you need an exhibit A, look at me. If you need an Exhibit B, look at all the rest of them. We can cook. We can also play games, watch movies and over analyze everyone and everything. But mainly we can cook. Our King Ranch Chicken is unparalleled and our Spinach Salad is talked about in most society circles. (Don't get the wrong impression, our Spinach Salad sounds healthy and yet is packed with eggs, bacon and fat!)

Circle the wagon. If you are not from the South you may not know what this means. But in a nutshell, if one of us needs help we "circle the wagon." If one of us needs privacy we "circle the wagon." And if one of us needs to let the family in on a little secret that the rest of the 75904 is not privy to then we, you guessed it, "circle the wagon." It means, "if you ain't part of this here wagon train, then mozy on along, cuz this here wagon is for me and my compadres only. We don't let no one else on and none of us is gettin' off."

Hunker Down. Hunkering down is never fun and it doesn't happen very often, but when it does, we mean business. It means we drop what we're doing and go into hiding. Maybe someone in the family is ill, is sad, or is a little of both; then we drop what we're doing, go to their side and together we hunker down.

We're doing a lot of hunkering down right now.

One of us is sick. And many of us are scared.

So we've dropped to our side what doesn't matter; soccer games, homecomings, birthday parties and even work - and together we've hunkered down. Always together. After all, no one should ever have to hunker alone. So my weekend might not look as I had planned it, that's okay. It's time to hunker down with my family. So you may see me on Monday, then again, you may not. I'll hope you'll forgive me, but it's time to hunker. Someone in my family needs me now. And when someone needs us - we're there.

Hmmm...I suppose that's another thing they do really well.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

sending you and your family prayers and positive energy..

Amy T
TrahansRus@hotmail.com

katy said...

We will forgive you if you're not back on Monday! :-) Prayers for you and your family!!! Hope everyone comes out of the "hunkering down" better than they were when they entered!

Anonymous said...

Praying for all y'all on the wagon wheel while hunkered down!
I have to say, today's post is what family is all about!
jennifer

Amy said...

Praying for your family Melissa! I hope everyone is ok.

Anonymous said...

sending all my prayers!!!
Randi

Joie said...

We know how to hunker down very well here too. I hope everyone comes out of it for the better. My prayers are with you and your family through this trying time.
God Bless you and carry you!

Aleta said...

I'm a Southern gal, so I understand. Don't cook, but I know about the wagon and I know about hunkering down. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

Sissy said...

Prayers for you and the family!

J. Henry said...

Hoping your loved one gets better soon! Can you please give me your King Ranch Chicken recipe? I promise not to tell!

Givinya De Elba said...

Prayers for you and your loved one, praying all is okay. Wish my compadres knew about the wagon thing. Still, friends make up for what my family lacks.

Any chance of getting your spinach salad recipe? I'll promise to pray while I make it.

redeemed diva said...

That was a great post! I can just tell from that post how fiercely you love your family. Grab a mug of hot chocolate while your hunkering, it helps!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Sounds a lot like my family.
My prayers are with y'all.

Faith(ful) Reader said...

I know all about circling the wagons and hunkering down and know how fortunate the one in need is to have a family like yours to circle and hunker. Will be thinking of you and hoping to hear from you again soon when you're all un-hunkered.

oldwomaninashoe said...

Aren't you glad you're there instead of hours away in TN? Praying for you all.........

Anonymous said...

I love this about you and your family! Mine is the same way, and we are blessed, Melissa. Indeed, we are.

Jenni