Bob has a great group of guys that he golfs with on a fairly regular basis. Twice a year they have a Scuppernog. It’s usually a three or four day weekend of golf in Michigan in the summer and fall. I have always wondered why they call it Scuppernog. When I look up Scuppernog the closest thing to it is Scuppernong, which is a grape…or a wine…or a mother vine. All having absolutely nothing to do with golf. Which is why these trips remind me of a love story. A love story about two…cowboys. Two cowboys and a mountain. A mountain that rhymes with Smoke Stack.
But I digress.
After the Scuppernog someone always compiles a list of “Things we Learned While on Scuppernog.” One guy from scupper usually writes it and tries to convey the memorable moments of the weekend.
We just got back from visiting my in-laws in North Carolina and if you have parents or in-laws I know you are familiar with the many things they force us to learn. Here is my list of things we learned while in North Carolina.
- Despite the deep affection we have for our spouses, when we spend time with their parents we can often leave feeling a little deflated when we realize that the apple has pretty much fallen right next to the tree.
- Grammas do not like to drive…unless they are sitting in the back seat.
- March is a miserable time to visit North Carolina.
- Kites just want to be free.
- Taking Grampa to the Bass Pro Shop camouflage department results in the inability to find him for several hours.
- Gramma is going to take him there every day.
- Bad golf with a group of good men is better than no golf at all.
- Grampas start all conversations with “Stop me if you’ve heard this before.”
- Even if you’ve heard the story before you are going to hear it again.
- Make your bed when you visit
- When you do the eye roll your eyes really don’t freeze that way.
- ‘Do you know how this game is played?’ is a rhetorical question and is usually asked by the loser.
- You must sign the guest book.
- Laughter with family is priceless.
Thanks Chuck and Ellie for your great hospitality and the many things we have learned from you and the many things you still have to teach us.