by Bob Sparrow
Last weekend was a very special weekend, as it was a gathering of Sparrows. My two siblings and I, along with our spouses, met at Jack & Sharon’s last weekend in Santa Maria. As you might imagine, Suzanne and I communicate rather regularly as we have each other edit our blog prior to posting every Monday (guaranteed that Suzanne finds a lot more things to edit than I do!) as well as talking on the phone periodically. Brother Jack and I usually talk on the phone about once a week, but during football season, it jumps to sometimes 4-5 times a day, as we have practice bets in preparation for real bets when we get to Vegas, which is in two weeks. But personal visits are much rarer, once, maybe twice, a year the three couples get together – so last weekend was special.
What I think is most unusual about our sibling relationship, is that I can’t remember a harsh word spoken between us since . . . ever! I truly love both my brother and my sister. Some of you are thinking, “Duh”, who doesn’t love their brother and sister and some of you are thinking, “You don’t know my brother/sister!” We have our parents to thank for creating such a loving home.
So, what do we do when we get together, you ask? Eat, drink, laugh, share what’s happening in our lives, talk about our kids and grandkids, then eat, drink and laugh some more.
As fun as the weekend was, it didn’t start out well, given traffic for Linda and me going north on 101 through Santa Barbara – it seems for the last 20 years they’ve been widening that freeway, but it seems to get narrower. Suzanne and Al experienced similar traffic conditions coming south from Nipomo.
Once settled in Santa Maria, the festivities began with a fantastic dinner and family history discussion at one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara County, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in San Ynez, where, after Jack and I hoisted a martini to our dad, I had the best Petrale sole I’ve ever had. Everyone’s dinner was delicious!
Saturdays during football season is something the three of us love, so the day was spent in our ‘football jerseys’ in front of the TV. Jack and I made some ‘pretend bets’ in preparation for Vegas; and like the week before, we killed it with our ‘pretend bets’. If you don’t hear about our bets in Vegas in a couple of weeks, you’ll know why Vegas can keep the bright lights on all night! The day went well, with Suzanne and Al rooting USC to a comfortable victory of Stanford, while Utah was able to handle Southern Utah 73 – 7.
Finally, before leaving for home, we took the requisite photo of the three Sparrow siblings. You can see that we’ve hardly changed a bit!!