Corcorans Corcorans Corcorans
Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
61Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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Where I stayed
Irvine Regional Park & Beyond....
What I did
Lots & Lots of Family
Anyway, Connie Carol and I have experienced the marathon picnics that this family is famous for but the rest of my immediate family - Billy, Mallery & Travis had not. So....
Let me insert here: Everyone always asks often me so FYI an way to remember this... Mallery is spelled like Gallery)
Connie was coming out on business and thought about our kids (being homeless and all) and wondered if they might be interested in coming to LA for Memorial Day weekend. It had just snowed during their weekend long softball bash so they were more than ready for a little California sunshine and a "family fix" as I call it.
Connie and her husband Skip were celebrating their birthdays and creating some time together as they had been traveling in opposite directions for the past few whiles :O) Two sons Jeff & Kevin are out here too and were available for the picnic too. All the stars aligned to make it happen. (And VERY often Connie HELPS the stars align! Thanks Con!)
Billy and I were still in Orlando when this all developed so we were looking at about a 2,500 mile trek in about 10 days which doesn't leave much time for anything but driving... but the opportunity was too right to miss. So with the advent of email and Facebook the coordination of events can certainly REACH A LOT MORE PEOPLE A LOT FASTER but it still takes a bunch of work to pull something like this off (says the professional event coordinator.)
So there was great attention to detail and a great number of details for which we are all grateful! Cousin Colleen, husband Pat, and Cousins LeAnn and Elaine and others I'm unaware of....Thank you!
The Park was spectacular, the day was spectacular, the location seemed to be somewhat central, perfect for us (we stayed at cousin Joyce and Ricks a few miles away in Anaheim/Tustin.)
The food was -as always with this bunch- superb and certainly more than enough of everything! There were several birthdays to celebrate along with Connie & Skip. In fact, as you might inagine, there are very few days on the calendar that don't have a "Corcoran" celebration of some sort...
Anyway, so all the surviving brothers and sisters were there. Fran, Bud, Helen, Ed and Pat and I have to say, surviving is not a fair term because all of them are doing waaaaaaay more than surviving! They are REMARKABLE each and every one of them. Our incredible Corcoran lineage was not as kind to my Dad, Lee and a few of his siblings but these Aunts and Uncles have been blessed with some incredible genes. They range in age from are 79 to 96 and you would never in a million years guess they were that old. They go and do and do more and go more. Each still having fun and enjoying life. Of course there are "issues" but none of them lets you think for a moment that they’re not living well! We missed Uncle Dayton & Auntie Phyllis at the picnic but we did get a chance to see them before we left Southern California. We visited Dayton at home and were greeted with his usual dry, dead-pan humor. He LOOKED spectacular but wasn't feeling up to the picnic. And then when I learned "the girls" were getting together for lunch on Thursday at Fran's we got to see Auntie Phyllis.
So there were all ages and generations represented. I think it was my Auntie Helen who used to say “we have so much fun together we forget we’re related.”
One of my favorite things about these gatherings is listening to the Aunts and Uncles (“Huncles” we call them) tell stories about their youth and growing up on “The Farm.” I’ve heard them all a hundred time before but I could hear them another hundred and still laugh (or cry.)
The jokes are still funny and the punchlines could have an audience reply in unison but again… just as funny as the first time I heard them. I love that the next generations still want to be part of these reunions and although I’m sure some whine and moan when they hear about the next one "they have to go to", I believe they always have fun once they are there. New and old cousins to "hang" with.
Our family, the Lee Corcorans, were the ones who lived the furthest away - on the East Coast -so we’re always “exciting” to be able to enjoy these events that the rest of the West Coast family shares more regularly.
Throughout the picnic there were acknowledgements of those who served as well... the meaning of Memorial Day. One thing that has stayed in my mind from a "Nostalgia Night" at a Corcoran Clan Reunion decades ago, was the fact that Grandma Char had 5 sons in the military (all different branches) at the same time. She wrote each one, Bud, Les, Bob, Don and Ed, EVERY DAY. (My Dad was too young and I believe was the only one at home. And actually, I believe also, that Uncle Ed was too young but lied to get in...(but don't tell anyone.) I'm sure I'll hear about it if I'm wrong on any of this...
Connie picked up "the kids" (THAT'S getting harder and harder to say) at LAX so we didn't have to maneuver "Ole Red" and the Toy Hauler through one of the busiest airports in the world. Connie & Skip were staying at Joyce & Rick's. We met them there shortly after Mallery & Travis touched down and had a great time at Joyce and Rick's house catching up with them and Connie and Skip. We even spent the night when it got too late to venture out besides, they also had a perfect driveway for the trailer so she was going to be parked there for a few days...
The killer LA traffic is so unsympathetic to the RV culture (Gosh where did THAT COME FROM???? Haha)
We invited ourselves to stay at David & Lisa's and Uncle Ed's as well. You'll see some of the pictures from Laguna but lost all from Ed & Kelly's house... in the next entry.
Joyce and Rick are is a wonderful hosts with a great home for entertaining. I downloaded these pictures before "the crash" so I have a few, abeit not so great tangible remembrances.
Connie & Skip's son's Kevin and Jeff, and Jeff's girlfriend Katie were with us too and I lost all those pictures as well. (AND if you've seen these guys YOU KNOW WHAT A HUGE BUMMER IT IS that the pictures are gone!)
While we were in Orange County we heard a number of our Bigfork friends were in Southern California. I'm going to post this now and continue on the LA Visit in the next post since everyone thinks we're still n Dallas!
PS Billy and Mallery & Travis find it a bit overwhelming sometimes when trying to keep names and who-belongs-to-whom straight but they roll with it! It's a VERY WELCOMING AND FORGIVING BUNCH! (Besides that, we've been called so many different names by our OWN PARENTS it's just not a big deal!)