My Uncle Melvin's wife, Kathy -- was retiring from her job at Oscar Meyer. Of course, lots of people have retirement parties...a get together with their friends....maybe a little cake....
|Can you make out the picture on the cake?? It seems like they're pointing to a BOAT??|
|Uncle Melvin wanted to do something VERY SPECIAL FOR Kathy...|
|He rented an entire riverboat!!|
Leclaire, Iowa is home to a beautiful Riverboat -- the Twilight. It normally operates two day cruises up the Mississippi to Dubuque/Galena, where it spends the night -- then the second day back down to LeClaire.
|But on this beautiful Saturday -- the whole boat belongs to our private party...|
|I took the BEST PICTURE of my brother Calvin and his wife Jeanne...|
|Every chair on the boat was full of friends and family...|
|I didn't know everybody.....|
|Even from the back -- I recognized these two. My nieces Nicole and Amy -- WITHOUT their kids.|
We all enjoyed seeing our hometown from a different vantage point...
In the weeks before the Twilight boat ride, my sister Deena told me that keeping the guest list under control had become a huge problem. She laughed and said, "Everybody is saying YES to the invitation -- because, well because he's Uncle Melvin."