From Tuesday morning until yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of being together most of the time, Alice, Michael, Nathan, Stephen, Emily, Ingmar, Sofia, Clara, Andy and I. And we were joined at times by other guests and divided ourselves into groups for different activities such as sledding (Thanksgiving doesn’t always provide the weather for this but 2013 had wonderful snow on the ground at Kendall Hills), and swimming, more than once. Walks in the frosty air. Some shopping for the Maryland group who do not have as many possibilities where they live. (But no one went shopping on Black Friday.)
Alice and Mike’s new kitchen was almost finished by Thanksgiving and now it is as finished as it will be until the carpenter can do some work which is not on his books until May. But basically, it is finished. While Mike was in Europe Alice moved the working kitchen and eating area into the playroom/library. And today she is transforming it back into a playroom….
Yesterday Emily and her family left after lunch. Well, they left at three o’clock in the afternoon, but this gave them a wonderful lack of traffic as they circled around D.C. on the last leg of their journey home. On the 23rd of December Andy and I will be driving to southern Maryland to spend Christmas with them. We should try to time our travels to miss the rush hour! But I hate driving in the dark…..We’ll see.
I brought my grandmother’s wild turkey plates to Alice’s and we ate off them. So my four grandchildren ate from their great-great grandmother’s china. I love continuity, even though it’s a very brief time in our universe. I love remembering my grandmother who was a very loving person in my life, and my ideal of what a grandmother should be like.