Now, I know that whenever I make a post about my family all of you just writhe in jealousy. I don’t blame you. If I were you, I would be jealous too. I do have an incredibly awesome family. I know that you all want to be there while we are doing pole acrobatics, snow sledding in a parking lot behind a car or wearing crazy hats while eating our desserts. You are welcome anytime. In the meantime, get ready to slap on another coat of Griner Envy.
Today was a very long day and all of my kids were in bed and asleep by 7:00. Just at that time, my mom called and invited me to go out to dinner with my parents, and two of my brothers. Harvey graciously agreed to be a babysitter (not that he had a great deal of choice in the matter.)
I met my family at a Chinese restaurant and we were seated. Immediately, my two brothers (one being 29 and the other 18 years old) hopped up from the table. Assuming they were off to the restroom, I didn’t think much of it. However, they promptly returned with a handful of cardboard cards. They were ecstatic over the treasures that they had procured. I was confused, which is not an unusual sensation when I am with my family.
They quickly opened up their little cardboard packages to reveal a score of temporary tattoos. Apparently this whole week, the family has been seeking out locations where they could buy these tattoos and putting them all over their bodies. I know. Hard to believe they are all grown adults isn’t it. I heard that my brother even got a dragon one a few days ago and had it stuck to his forehead with the tail trailing down his nose.
But I digress. Soon there was bartering going on around the table as to which person was going to get which dragon tattoo tonight. Almost immediately they (everyone save my cute, sweet mother) started dipping their napkins into their water to afix these colorful dragons to their arms. My dad, still disappointed that they were out of SpongeBob tats, sighed and resigned himself to plastering a red dragon to the inside of his forearm.
Then, the light bulb look flickers in his eyes. I know that look and need to learn to LOOK AWAY!!! He pipes up with glee in his voice with the grand epiphany that I need to join the ranks of the painted Griners. He finds a hot pink dragon and think that it would be perfect for me. The place that he thinks that it would look the best would be on my neck.
Although I fought the idea for several minutes, I finally lost out to group think and conceded to let my dad place a dragon tattoo to my neck in the middle of a family Chinese restaurant. Now, I did get looks for the rest of the evening from all of the people surrounding us at the other tables. They must have thought that I was quite the diamond in the rough.
However, I will say, that no matter what, I love my family. They are absolutely quirky and every single day is an adventure. I have done more things that I never thought that I would do all because of them. They are awesome and have added so much spice to my life. Yes, you do have my permission to be extremely jealous. For those of you that prefer to become honorary Griners let me know. I will send you out your 8×10 glossy and Certificate of Grinerhood.
I LOVE MY FAMILY!