And The Winner Is… December 28, 2012 By Karen Andrews 4 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading!My family assembled at my grandparent’s farm on Christmas Eve this year, as they have for every year that I can remember. We have our long-held traditions: taking the tractor out to cut down a tree, bring it back, decorate it; prawns and oysters for entree, before moving onto a big dinner feast; Santa even makes an appearance. Another event was added to the already full timetable in 2012: The Ron Browne Memorial Cricket Game. A few of my uncles conceived the idea – as many great ideas are – late one night after a few drinks: round up all the relatives, split them into two teams, and play a game of cricket in memory of my father. A hat would then be passed around to collect money in his honour to donate to Motor Neuron Disease research. Another uncle even put his talents to use to create not one, but two, trophies to commemorate the occasion. The two teams were captained by my sister and myself. The players ranged in age from six (Riley, who got bored quite quickly and preferred to sit on the ground and poke sticks into dried cow pats, but still managed to bowl me out) up to mid-eighty (my grandparents). My team won (woo!) and we all had tremendous fun. At the presentation ceremony afterwards, my sister said how she thought about how proud dad would’ve been of everyone and would’ve said something diplomatic, something along the lines of ‘Cricket was the overall winner of day’. Yes, I agree. However, I think it went beyond that. If you ask me, the ultimate winner was family. In the end, we collected over $225. Wonderful. Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « Merry Christmas!The Life About To Start, When Tomorrow Comes* »Comments Kim @frogpondsrock says December 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm Oh Karen, I love it Thank you for the giant smile. Kim @frogpondsrock recently posted..Joe Hockey blocks bloggers on twitter. Reply jeanie says December 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm That is a great tradition to start. How lovely. jeanie recently posted..Mother Knows Best Reply Liz says December 29, 2012 at 8:23 am Wonderful indeed. Reply B + M + L x 2 says January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am I love this! You have such a wonderful family with lovely traditions, what a fantastic way to remember your Dad xo Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.