Making Lasting Memories by Sonya Paclob

My family likes to party. I'm thankful my cousin can bring so many people together and organize and grand celebration.

We celebrated 4th of July weekend with extended family outside of the state. Her mother-in-law had no idea it was a party for her. When a banner that read, "happy birthday" presented in front of her, she was shocked - and held her breathe and her tears - she didn't want to show her weakness.

 

When everyone took pictures and went away, she stood in the dining room. Looked around at her son and daughter-in-law and gasped to excel any feelings she kept from them. She didn't say a word, but gave a smile. She wiped her tears that ran off her face and hugged it out with my cousin. 

 

I asked my cousin, how she can keep up with so many parties? She said, "Because I want to make memories." 

She was right, she wants to make memories last. I credit for learning that from my cousin.

  

Blackbeard Pirate Festival by Sonya Paclob

Blackbeard Pirate Festival for the Daily Press. Ahoo and RRRR! Hampton has been invaded by pirates this weekend. I got a chance to meet the founder of International Talk Like a Pirate Day and saw great costumes. It's considered one of the best pirate festival in the US, according to 2015 USA Today.

From left, Living historians Barnabee Wylde of Virginia Beach, Paul Schubert of Virginia Beach and Rusty O'Toole of Gatesville in North Carolina, work together to making rope at the   the   Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016.   (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)

From left, Living historians Barnabee Wylde of Virginia Beach, Paul Schubert of Virginia Beach and Rusty O'Toole of Gatesville in North Carolina, work together to making rope at the the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016. (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)

Lenny Temple of Moyock, North Carolina takes a picture with his disposable camera during the   Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016.   (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)      

Lenny Temple of Moyock, North Carolina takes a picture with his disposable camera during the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016. (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)  

From left, Hampton residents Gene Sutter, Julie Sutter lets owner Laura Arnette of Cover dem Bones pets the Sutter's parrots Tattoo, Skittles and Maxwell at the   Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016.   (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)

From left, Hampton residents Gene Sutter, Julie Sutter lets owner Laura Arnette of Cover dem Bones pets the Sutter's parrots Tattoo, Skittles and Maxwell at the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Saturday, June 4, 2016. (Sonya Paclob / Special to the Daily Press)