I had no intentions of keeping our old bed in Sophie’s room. The room was decorated to fit her crib as the centerpiece, surrounded by pieces of furniture, placed just-so. I wasn’t thinking about how things would look if we had to shove it all to one wall to accommodate a queen-sized mattress. There have been several times, since Sophie was born, that I’ve asked Tom to think about what he wants to do with it because we’ll be moving it in a few days. Inevitably, the day after I mention it, we’ll find out we’re having another visitor. So it remains.
I’d be lying if I said I can’t wait to get it out of there, but I’d also be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss it. Banishing the mattress to basement would mean our house would be empty of visiting loved-ones, and after the wonderful year we’ve been having, would make it feel very lonely.
Our latest visitors, The Woodburys, left this morning. Lori has been one of my closest friends for 12 years. And it just so happened that her husband got a wedding-photography-gig in Virgina for this last weekend. They brought their insanely adorable daughter with them and made the long trek up to Harrisburg after the wedding to visit and see the sights. I had been told beforehand, by Lori, that they had really only two requirements: Hershey, and Amish country. Both were on Jon’s Bucket List, and Lori was anxious to get her hands on some of the beautiful fabric to be had in Intercourse.
It sounded easy to me – I’ve pretty much got everything down to a science now – what’s worth visiting and what’s not – what will fit different people’s tastes. And it was easy – and a lot of the same. But with every visitor I find that even though our activities don’t necessarily vary, I always have a new experience based on the individual person or group. For example, I learned –
- The creepy, giant spiderwebs that appear in trees around here in the summer are not spider webs. They’re cocoons made by a caterpillar that eats the leaves.
- Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game was played in Hershey.
- Chocolate World is making a profit of at least $0.50 on each warmed-up-frozen-nugget they sell in their cafeteria.
- The origin of the name “Green Dragon” (the Mennonite-run farmer’s market in Ephrata) was discovered – turns out it was stolen from a Chinese restaurant and used when the building was a speakeasy – the name stuck even though the business changed.
- I have an overwhelming urge to watch Witness any time I’m near Lancaster.
- I miss quoting Tommy Boy.
- Hannah and Ella would definitely be best friends if we lived near each other.
- Hooch Potential and Hitch Potential (Lori and Jon’s theories on why men and women are attracted to each other).
- The difference between a “trip” and a “vacation.”
I think the main thing that happened on this short trip was a reaffirmation of how much I love my friends, and that there are some people who will always be in your life, no matter what.