Just Write {117}

January 6, 2014

We Tap Tap two times, hard. This is the way of our family and jigsaw puzzles. Tap twice, like Grandpa did, to brag about getting that piece in. We’re rebels like that. Take that! I am a Puzzle Guru!

This is one of the ways a thread pulls through our generations, a sense of humor about silly things and lefse and pot roasts and casseroles. But we don’t call them that, we call them hotdish.

Tonight we had a roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables. My parents and my Auntie K are here for a long visit and I feel like I’ve burrowed under a wing for a long winter’s nap. They are home. I mean, mine.

My mom does a lot of bustling around, like me. Picking up and cleaning up and doing dishes, opening and closing the fridge. My Auntie Kay tells us stories and laughs her big laugh and she always understands feelings. My Dad double checks to see if I remembered to feed the dog and kind of often I have forgotten. All three of them have been waiting for this trip for months and seeing the kids when they came through the door was followed by a lot (A LOT) of screaming and hugging and laughing and rolling around. Yes, there was rolling around. It was something to watch.

There is something so magical about having an extra together time after the holidays. The rest of the world has gone back to life as usual and your life is a secret party.

Elsie is the center of attention a lot, when the boys aren’t taking turns with that role. They are blissfully happy and keep asking how many days this will last.

When does this party end? They’re wondering.

We tell them we don’t know, because we don’t. And let’s not think about it yet.

Tap Tap. 


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SmithShack71 January 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Ha! I double tap ’em in too.
Enjoy your family. Sounds awesome.

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Shannen January 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I just came across your link up, and I love the concept! I’ll have to remember this for later. :)
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Megan @ Mama Bub January 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm

We do the same this with puzzles. “Look at me!” it says

Varda (Squashedmom) January 8, 2014 at 4:39 am

This is so beautiful, my friend. Enjoy, enjoy! I envy you the generations. I would give anything for another day with my parents.
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Lynda M Otvos January 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Sounds delectable from the beginning to the end which is still not in sight; I love it, Heather. Keep that holiday spirit flowing thru the veins of family love.
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