We get a lot of visitors in PA – I’m guessing the draw is the unbeatable combo of the Amish, pretzels, Hershey, cheese-steaks, and The Mighty Susquehanna – it’s hard to resist. Most recently, we hosted my aunt and uncle who live in Hawaii, but were on a cross-country hop visiting friends, family, and attending a conference in D.C. We got them for 3 days and 2 nights and couldn’t have been happier – it has, after all, been about 6 years since we saw them last. The girls, especially, were thrilled. A constant audience for 3 days straight? Perfect. For me it was a bit of a flashback – I have a lot of pictures and a lot of stories about spending time with my aunt and uncle when I was a baby – it seems they have always been good entertainers for munchkins.
This was the longest time we’ve been able to have one-on-one visiting so we tried to make it a good 3 days. We celebrated Steve’s birthday, toured Amish country, played in puddles by the river, and Kris and I spent a lot of time sharing a mutual love of fabric and yarn with shared projects and swapped ideas while Uncle Steve riled up the girls with a game of hide-and-seek or distracted them with checkers and go-fish. It was wonderful. And just as a side note: as much of a flashback as it was for me, being with them, Steve shook his head one morning and said, “Wow. I just saw Lucy.” As in, he saw my mom in me – probably the best compliment I could receive.
I was sad to see them go, but the girls were devastated. We might have to actually follow through on our ever-lasting plans to go visit in Hawaii. They don’t have Amish there, but I hear they eat a lot of Spam, and that I might have to see to believe.
Me and Kris – 1979
Me and Steve
With the girls in Intercourse, PA