The Fry Side 

We spent the last full week of summer in North Idaho, home to many Fry side relatives and venue for the 2017 Fry Family Reunion. Unlike the Eitings and Watsons, who gather their extended family annually, the Frys only manage to get together every several years. And that’s probably a good thing. 

Brother Mike hosted the extended Fry clan at Priest Lake this past weekend. Four generations of descendents of Margaret and Carl Fry Sr. gathered at Mike’s place, which is only a few hundred yards away from the spot where Carl, Marge and their young family built a rustic cabin on the beach in the 1940s. So many Frys have made so many memories there. And, I’m sure more than a few were conceived in that old cabin. Frys, we’re like salmon returning to Priest Lake to spawn. 

It was a great way to end the summer. I spent quality time with each parent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew. Henry and Ruby got acquainted with their North Idaho cousins. And my mom and I finally had our potato salad face off. 

Fry family reunions are… rare events. Fittingly, as we drove home across Washington state today, the sky dimmed as the moon totally obscured the sun for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Once upon a time there was light in my life. But now there’s only love in the dark. Nothing I can say.  A total eclipse of the heart.

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North Idaho Wedding

The Fry Family Quartet did a quick cross-state road trip this weekend to attend the wedding of my nephew, Jake, and his bride, Allie. It was a true North Idaho wedding, right down to the shotgun shell boutonnieres and the dirt bike making noise in the neighboring field during the ceremony. The reception, held in a converted barn, was lovely.

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Kristine and I got to catch up with family, while the kids ran around non-stop with their cousins. This was our third and final wedding of 2015. One thing I’ve learned after this wedding season is that Henry is an awesome dancer. His unique, totally uninhibited style makes me so proud. He has a future as a wedding crasher.

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