An Invitation to the Mallory Family Reunion!

You Are Invited!


The Mallorys, Bacons, O’Flahertys, etc.

Family Reunion.

June 20, from 10:30 a.m. to ?????

The Lake.

A favorite dish, plus $25.00 per couple, $7.50 per child, to help defray the cost of renting The Northwest Quadrant of the Winnehaha Pavilion.

Sally Millhouse, (712) 555-1234

We’ll be sitting for family portraits!


Follow Samantha as she prepares for the family reunion. As she hunts for artifacts for the family display, she finds this old letter:

Oct. 29, 1959 (I am sorry this is late)

Dear Auntie,

Thank you for the $10 for my birthday. I will buy a pretty red pink blue dress you will like (I hope). I am skinney now, dr. Noonan put me on a strick diet (ugh!). Lettuce, cellery and cottage cheese.


Mrs. Niles died last month, Nana says she wieghed over 500 lbs, I would DIE if I weighed over 500 lbs. I am in the St. Bonyfi Boniface chior now, we sang at Mrs. Niles funneral.

L♥ve Sammy

PS: Nana says Mrs. Niles was buried in a piano crate!

(Samantha Anne Mallory, age 9)

C'mon in!

This is a must-attend event!

A command performance!

The family awaits you!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Part I: Journeys (Chapter 24)


I don’t want to get out of this pool, I just want to stay here all by myself, forget about this reunion, and live under water for the rest of my life. As I slip beneath the surface, I feel long and sleek as I propel myself across the length of the pool and reach for the side.

As I come up for air, I see four pairs of bare feet at the edge of the pool.

Ruby, Ray, Tessie, and Stevie are here already.

I wanted to be out of the water before they got here.

There’s nothing more awkward than a fat woman, dripping wet, climbing out of a swimming pool. So I’ll stay in here until they leave to bring their suitcases into the house.

“Just finishing up some laps.”

“You better get out soon, or you’ll get burned,” Ruby says, firing up a Virginia Slims.

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