Many of my dad’s family still live up in and around Wabash, Indiana, his boyhood home. So my Aunt coordinated for a bunch of his cousins to come and visit. On Tuesday, when Heather and I took the kids to the Colts Training Camp, my dad’s cousin Gary and his wife Linda met up with my mom, dad, and Aunt Berti, and the three of them went to lunch together.
On Wednesday, aka “Wabash Day”, my dad’s cousin Bob and his wife Dorthy met us for lunch at “Twenty.”
So on Thursday, we had our final day of cousins. But first, since Elijah has been waking up at 6:30 every morning, my mom and I decided to take an early morning walk and get this noisy boy out of the house. It was really so peaceful and nice, and the weather was finally cool in the morning. Ah. We wandered around downtown LaFontaine (just four blocks from my aunt’s house) and then up past her house to the old country houses and the corn fields beyond. It was fun letting Elijah pick the Queen Anne’s Lace. He thought it was quite tasty.
When we returned, the house was astir, and it was time for breakfast and showers to get ready for the final installment of Cousin Week. This time is was Mary Alice, Marjorie, Lilly Beth, and her husband, Tom. They met us at the house for a short visit, then we all headed into Wabash for lunch. The adults were headed to a fancy downtown restaurant, and Heather and I decided at the last minute to take the kids to a local pizza joint, called “Pizza King,” instead. It turned out to be a wonderful idea. Then the cousins could visit in peace, and the kids could be their wild selves. The pizza was really good, too! When we were finished eating, Heather and I walked down to “Paradise Springs” park. This was one of my favorite places in Wabash when I came two years ago. So it was neat to show Heather the log cabins from when the settlers had treaty talks with the local Native Americans and the old train tracks from when the train used to pass through town. There is also a pretty trail that goes down to the Wabash River. Colin and Elijah loved playing in the grass, again, and Colin especially liked seeing the log cabins and train tracks. My favorite part was walking down to the river. It is just so picturesque, not to mention nice and cool with all of the trees.
When the adults finished up at their restaurant, they picked us up, and we headed back to the house for this amazing dessert that Lilly Beth had brought. It was so fun sitting around and visiting with my family. It is neat because I have met them briefly in the past, and I am friends with them on FaceBook, but it was so wonderful to really get to know them now in person. I just wish we lived closer so these visits could be more frequent.
When they all departed, we had to decide what to do for dinner. My dad loves to watch Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” on the Food Network, and before we left Tallahassee, he had seen an episode of a cute little diner in Goshen, Indiana, just 67 miles from where we were staying. So that’s where we went for dinner. Let me just tell you, I love Goshen. It is pretty, and well kept up, and still so quaint and old-fashioned. The diner was called “The South Side Soda Shop and Diner.” In typical fifties-style diner fashion, the booths were red, and a juke box played in the background. I tried one of the food items featured on the show, the Philly Chili, which is their award winning chili served over egg noodles and topped with cheese and sour cream, served in a soda fountain glass. It was really cute and tasty, but a little hard to eat.
We all scarfed down some of their homemade pie before Heather and Mom each got a bag of 10 cent peanuts from a cute, old-fashioned peanut dispenser. Plus, Colin had ice cream, and hilariously, since it was too hard to “cut” with his spoon, he asked for a knife to cut his ice cream. It was so funny!
It was a relaxing, nice day.