Of course the weekend we planned a big bonfire and party for friends in our homeschool group it decides to rain. Being as it hasn't rained really all summer and most of the area corn crops are worthless, one isn't allowed to complain about the rain that came...and we didn't. We just kept changing our plans all day long based on the current amount of precipitation:
Raining- it will be an indoor party
not raining - well, still don't want to take the chance
raining - definitely indoor
sunshine - part indoor part outdoor party, fire in the fire pit on the patio, where should the music go?
drizzle - food inside, possible fire on the patio, music in the garage
no rain but windy - food inside, fire in the pit on the driveway, music in the garage
and so it went all day long until we ended up with the final scenario as the first guests were arriving. As my husband predicted, with the fire and the music in the garage area and the food in the house...the women stayed inside and the men stayed outside tending the blaze.
Part of the fun of the evening was the 80s music that we played. It is amazing that grown people who cannot remember the names of their children can sing all the words to every song that came on. Maybe if they sang their requests and questions to me I might remember them :)
Another fun thing about the music was seeing who liked which type. My kids always get a kick out of thinking of Mr and Mrs so-and-so (who they usually see at a religious type function) rocking to some loud, upbeat music. As one of our friends put it, "I will never think of you all in the same way again!"
All in all it was a very fun evening. What is nice about events like this it gives us all a chance to let our hair hang down, relax, talk, sing, dance even. We are all called to be saints...we are all called to pick up our cross and follow the Lord, but that doesn't mean that we can't kick it up once in awhile. I'm glad I have a bunch of friends who agree with me :)