Sometime during the 1960’s David’s grandfather, Reveau Stewart, bought a piece of lakefront property for $650. Since he was a skilled carpenter and craftsman, he built a small vacation house for himself and his family of nine. Today it is the focal point, and gathering location for the Stewart family. This past Fourth of July there were approximately 25 people staying at the lake house, all of whom were closely related. The love, joy, fellowship and connections that are shared during these big grand weekends is only eclipsed by the large amount of food that is also shared (8 loaves of bread, 10 pounds of lunch meat, 3 chocolate cakes, etc).
As the sun sank behind the lake and everybody nestled onto blankets or lawn chairs to watch the fireworks I looked at my children. My kids who were dark skinned from a week of swimming in the lake. My kids who were covered in a sticky combination of sun screen, popsicle, and sand. My sweet children who will grow up being surrounded by a family that reaches as wide as it does deep. And as the fireworks blasted in the sky and Max burst from his mouth; “AWESOME DUDE!” I thought this is what America is all about and it is indeed awesome.