My nephews Chris and Nate, who eschewed the violence of their father's preferred sport, rugby, and chose to play the non-contact Lacrosse instead (hah!) -- they're both Minto Cup players and winners. This nephew below, Ryan, is a someday Minto Cup player, I'm sure, with some impressive wins behind him already.His brother Jon, meanwhile, on the right below, has teamed up with red-hoodie cousin, Jeff, below and red-hoodie's younger brother Sean to form a rock band, The Knots. (At least one song was written, start to finish, here this weekend, and several more may have been inspired -- I'm pretty pleased about that!)Most of these pics, by the way, are borrowed from family members' facebook pages (thanks to Pete, Rachel, and Megan)
Not convincing. Well, there's the impromptu log-hurling competition . . .
or what about the tire-rolling, also impromptu, at a neighbour's beachfront (I'm laying low for a few days, wonder why . . . )
Of course, this is not to say that the guys can't enjoy quieter moments, as when this guy, quite capable of rocking out on his drum kit (he anchors The Knots), sets his sights on whatever appeals. . .
or this guy (my son) communes with his wee niece.
This nephew, Jeffrey, a handsome young RCMP officer (whose parents and brother couldn't make it), brought this young woman to meet the gang, and she's helping bring gender balance to their generation of our family (as is my son's girlfriend who, sadly, couldn't be with us)l
Already there are two young women joining in with the guys, and some of the guys have joined with their partners elsewhere -- my SIL, for example, was probably hanging with my grand-daughter at this point and Son-out-of-law was helping in the kitchen (he's a cook, yeah!) (a 3rd daughter's partner was on a road trip with his dad)Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying here -- I know many young women who could log hurl and hacky-sack and tire roll and play competitive lacrosse and rock out with the best of them. I'm just saying that on my island, this weekend, the switch from a female to a male majority was pretty obvious in the choice of activities. And, as I say, I suspect that as this generation comes of age, the balance will probably shift once again.