LV’s parents had moved a little over a year before we made plans to go visit them in their new home. We hired a driver and made arrangements for my brothers to come take care of our farm and all the animals while we were gone.
It would be the first time they would be seeing Sailor. I was still a little intimidated at the thought of spending a week with them. LV’s family had always had the best of everything, while my family had always tried making do with what we had. And as much as I tried I couldn’t quite feel comfortable around them.
After twenty hours on the road we arrived at their home to a warm welcome. The days passed swiftly and one evening they invited all their married children over for dinner before we left for home again.
The house was filled with noisy fun while we prepared dinner. Once everyone was gathered around the table the visiting continued as we ate the main course.
Once we were done his mother brought cherry and blueberry pie out for dessert. I watched in amazement as they passed the pie and LV and his brothers calmly spooned leftover lukewarm beef gravy over their pie and ate it as if it were delicious.
It was almost a relief to discover that every family has it’s quirks and eating gravy with pie certainly fell in that category. I remembered the time I had been so embarrassed when Daddy had offered to eat the fat from LV’s steak, and realized it really wasn’t all that bad.
And someday Rosy and Sunbeam could very well be mortified when their Daddy offers their friends gravy for their pie.