I am truly blessed with wonderful sisters! I've always felt that they were there for me, but this past year has really brought that into focus. When I hurt my knee they acted as chauffeurs and cooks and housekeepers and gardeners. One in particular kept saying "GO SIT DOWN!"
They took care of me off and on for several months, as the need arose.
It's usually momentous occasions that make us treasure our sisters, those memorable moments in our lives that become part of the family lore. But, this weekend didn't start out to be one of those memorable occasions. It was just going to be a laid back visit, a "mini-vacation."
Nan, My-Sister-The-Blogger, who wears ninety thousand other hats: MOM, Lt. Commander, teacher, principal, confidant, church lady, band uniform mother, gramma, scrap booker, gardener (you get the picture), attended a seminar in Gary, Indiana on Friday. Since she was in the Chicago area, she decided that she would come to visit us for the weekend. She's always welcome. She knows she doesn't have to ask, but she did, rather than just appearing on my doorstep.
Dear Husband and I lead a very laid back life. Since he's become an avid sailor, we have fewer and fewer winter weekends where we are away from home. This weekend happened to be one of two for the year that had been booked with something that couldn't be postponed. I told Nan that DH and I would be away Saturday night, but that she was more than welcome to visit with Elegante Mother and make herself at home.
She did just that. While we were away Saturday night, she folded my laundry, washed my dishes (things left from Friday dinner that didn't fit into the washer), and kept my cat company. I suspect that I need to check to see if my ironing was done, too.
She did all of this without a word, fitting right into the household seamlessly, and when I realized that she had done the dishes, and marveled about it, she merely poo-pooed the recognition.
I had a lovely day with her Saturday. We were at an amazing mall, and we both wished we could have stayed to shop until we dropped. I have the feeling that we might do that one day, but we were other directed Saturday. We paved the way for EM to attend the Red Hat Lady luncheon, and then Nan kept her company in the evening when Dear Husband and I went to Orchestra Hall.
What started out to be a mini-vacation for my sister, turned out to be "the same old thing" but at my house, not hers. Not much of a vacation, in my mind, but she seemed to enjoy it, and I certainly enjoyed her company and help.
Despite the simplicity of the weekend, I think it's going to become one of those memorable occasions. It isn't often that we get to share times like this with our siblings, once we have reached this stage in our lives. I think that makes this time with Nan all the sweeter.
I hope I said it when you were here, but if I didn't, "Thank you, Nan! I really enjoyed your visit. Let me know when I can return the favor." *S*
P.S. I REALLY like the new layout that our fearless leader is creating for you on your blog. The light house is a great choice!