My sister Nancy, who is normally shy and somewhat retiring, really bloomed this Christmas. She decided on the spur of the moment to come here for Christmas, packed her little dog and her pillow into her Honda Civic and drove all the way here from North Carolina in six days flat. She has always wanted to drive across country, she said, so she can check that one off her bucket list.
I enjoy silly things but I have to admit I was surprised when she donned a snowflake headdress right along with me and wore it at most of the social functions we enjoyed while she was here.
Shoulda got one for her little dog, too, shouldn't I?
She's firmly convinced that fish and house guests stink after three days, so she packed the car again the day after Christmas and started back across country despite my most persuasive arguments for staying a bit longer. Since she has no cell phone, I won't hear from her until she is home again. I'm less concerned now than I was - she seems to have gotten a second wind in her middle age so I'm pretty sure she'll get home just fine.