The week that was...
May 13 - 20, 2013
Project 52 (20/52)
Twas a week of family happenings and gatherings. Twas a week of fun. Twas a week of surprises. Like the unearthing of Great Grandmom Hagenmeyer's Potato Salad recipe in her daughter's (my Granny's) handwriting. Truly a treasure. Growing up, a McIntyre family gathering was not complete unless Grandmom Hagenmeyer's potato salad was on the dining room table. All twenty pounds of it, according to the size of the recipe. And this is apparently why Germans are often referred to as "big-boned" I assume.
A few things happen the older one gets. The older generation of family members begin to dwindle, and family traditions, history and stories are left to the younger generations to carry forth. Such is my family. Such was Saturday night's gathering of my McIntyre cousins...which never left my kitchen table until 2 a.m. when we finally hit the sack. We sprang forth from the five children of Eleanor and Joseph McIntyre. We grew up getting together a few times a year. But as often happens, life gets in the way and we all went our separate paths. As we've gotten older (and yes, thru our conversation the other night we indeed realized that we ARE getting older) we've realized it's up to us to keep our families connected. And we also realized a couple of other things thru our evening of gabbing:
1. We each knew things about our family that the others didn't. And WOW...did we learn alot when we started to share the stories.
2. We are all pretty darn hilarious...especially the blonde one from Jersey. There most definitely must be a German "funny" gene.
I want to thank my cousin Carol for unearthing the potato salad recipe in my Granny's handwriting and sharing it with us. It might look only like ink on an old and yellowing piece of paper but...it's priceless to us McIntyre's. Don't let the name McIntyre fool ya. Despite the Irish origin, we are mostly German...as is the recipe. Which made me wonder where I was going to find 17 pounds of OLD potatoes? Ironically, the defining characteristics of OLD potatoes are those that are: larger, starchier and thicker skinned. Eerily similar to all those old German women in our old family photos, including Grandmom Hagenmeyer. Coincidence? Doubt it.