After Hubby Tony and I left Grandson Jay with his parents we left for Manteca, a city approximately 75 miles away. Thanks to some heavy traffic it took close to two hours to get there. We moved from Interstate 880 to 680 to 580 to 205, then got onto a state highway for another ten minutes.
Ie comes from a large family. Her mother and all but one of her siblings were there, and with spouses and children there were about 30 people! I did my best to remember names and family groups, but joked that I hoped there wasn't a quiz at the end. Most of the people there had never been to the Midwest, so we spent some time talking about the differences in our areas.
Ie is a first generation Asian-American, with parents that came to this country in the late 1970s. The buffet meal contained dishes like barbecued meat and vegetable skewers, tossed green salad, and tortilla chips with salsa. Next to those were green papaya salad, egg rolls, and spicy pickled greens. Dessert was tasty Nab Vam (Tapioca in Coconut Milk), a mixture of chopped fruits and tiny boba swimming in a sweet liquid.
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After several wonderful hours of socializing and eating, Hubby Tony and I left to drive back to Santa Clara. Everyone else in the house was asleep when we got in, so we quietly climbed into bed to get ready for the next day.
Son Tony and Ie were combining family time with personal vacation time. Sunday afternoon they stopped by Son Brian and DIL Nicole's house for lunch and socializing! It was great to have most of the family together. (The only one missing was Son Donald, who was back in Missouri working and taking university summer classes). Eventually Tony and Ie left for their next commitment.
After dinner Hubby Tony and I packed up our suitcases for the next adventure.
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Manteca, heh? You were in my neck of the woods. Sounds like Ie is part of our Southeast Asian community. The Valley is home to thousands of the refugees who came after the Vietnam War. They have assimilated pretty well, given their cultural shift from their homeland. California is all about refugees from all over the world, and even America.ReplyDelete
I see you experienced the crazy traffic in the Bay Area. We are dealing with it this week. Sigh.
One of my visits I hope we're able to meet up.Delete
How wonderful that you were able to have all this family time.ReplyDelete