While some of my cousins (spouses and children too) spent two or three days immersed in all things Norwegian at Decorah’s Nordic Fest, Mary and I were able to be there only Friday. But I know we included the right event – coffee at Rik and Marcia’s. Here are a few reflections and photos.
For two hours we updated each other, shared stories, and even visited with cousins-once-removed from Oregon and Montana. All the time, we tried to stay cool drinking lemonade in Rik and Marcia’s shaded backyard. The perfect treats they provided were a nod to Grandma Gina’s baking: gingersnaps and large sugar cookies. We loved them!
Around this table (left to right): Aunt Irene, Judy, Louise, Uncle Sid, and Elaine – all busy in conversation. By the way, Sid had marked his 88th birthday ten days earlier.
Thirteen Borreson cousins from six states gathered for a photo with Aunt Irene and Uncle Sid (left and middle front); Gertrude “Ann” (right front); and (left to right standing) Louise, Dan. David, Elaine, Albert, Marcia, Naomi, Richard, Sandra, Brian, Judy, and Glenn. Eleven spouses or children also were present.
Three quilts done by Grandma Gina provided a colorful backdrop to the gathering. Thanks to Elaine, Louise, and Albert for bringing theirs to share. Apparently, Gina had a goal of making a quilt for every grandchild but we aren’t sure if she accomplished that. Some of us (including yours truly) don’t remember receiving a quilt, but that could be a memory lapse. Maybe our quilt got used to keep us warm years ago and was utterly worn out – which, if you are a quilt, is not a bad way to go.
Well, that’s a bit from “one cousin.” I’d welcome your clicking on “Comment” at the bottom of this post to add your own thoughts or memories of the weekend, including what I missed.