Rex looked in it and laughed. "Cookies," he said.
"I think that must be some sort of Mormon thing," I said. "When you can't express your love in words, say it with cookies."
Rex took the sack around and started offering cookies to everyone. I had to laugh when I saw that the cookies were in the shape of little pink hearts. I had never told Rex of my own long-ago adventures with heart-shaped cookies, and didn't intend to. But for the first time I felt some small affinity with his mother.
Just then my Uncle Adam started calling everyone together. "Come on everyone. Now that Matt is back, let's all get together for one last family portrait with the newlyweds."
He made a point to call to Susan, April, and Judy as well as to me and Rex. My two sets of parents looked on warily, not sure which pair was wanted for the portrait.
"Come on, everyone," said Uncle Adam. "Just this once, just for fun." My parents thought about it.
"Humor me!" he said.
Matt and Annette stood in the center with me and Rex on one side and April and Susan and baby Judy on the other. Then Mom and Richard took up a spot on the far end of the line and Dad and Sharon took their place on the opposite end.
"Let's see some smiles, now," said Uncle Adam. "Come on, people, for two seconds pretend like you don't all hate each other!" he said, laughing. That line made everyone smile a bit just long enough for him to snap the picture. "This one's for the history books," he said.
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As our little group broke up, I noticed that some of my little cousins were doing an impromptu singing recital of the musical number they had sung in Sacrament Meeting earlier that day:
Families can be together forever
through Heavenly Father's plan.
I always want to be with my own family
and the Lord has shown me how I can,
the Lord has shown me how I can.
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