There is a pond on the bottom of the property where we go to feed the fish. Walking down is easy, but walking back up is always a feat. When I was small, it felt like such a long ways. Now I realize it isn’t that far at all. We climb trees and inspect moss and collect flowers for a table center piece. In the heat of summer, we enjoy picking blackberries.
Games begin on the front terraces during the late morning and after lunch. Three legged races, bocce ball or softball with plastic bats and plastic balls are included in some of the fun. We spread quilts on the lawn and enjoy each other’s company in the shade. The beautiful lawn doubles as a driving range, where Opa practices his long-range shots. We take rides in the golf cart and hunt for lost golf balls. Sometimes, if it’s too hot or too cold, we venture down into the basement for more games or a classic movie. I remember watching Lion King and Riverdance the most. Those are two of my very favorite movies even now. I almost always tear up watching Riverdance now because it takes me right back to my childhood in Oma’s basement.
Summer nights are spent playing outside games. We love to play flashlight tag. We dress in dark clothes, set boundaries around the yard, and run to hide in our best spots. My dad and my uncle often begin the hunting. Fireflies light up in the dark and crickets are making noise all around. We do our best to not giggle as they walk right past us.
During the holidays, the house bustles with people moving about preparing for a big family get-together. Some set places at the tables, while others are assembling the food on the buffet. My Oma is a great cook and an even better hostess. The air is so chilly outside, but sometimes I go out on the front porch swing while the dinner is being prepared. There is plenty of space to spread out inside, but I enjoy sitting outside and breathing in the fresh mountain air and gazing at the starry night. There seem to be so many more stars above that mountain than anywhere else.
When the night is over and we all head to our designated sleeping spots, I enjoy replaying the day’s events before falling asleep. It never gets old being there. It’s the perfect place to visit, relax, eat and have tons of fun.