What can I say …
about “The Visitation” last night?
Not a damn thing nice so I won’t at all other than to say I held on to my temper and that was an accomplishment I can be proud of. To be fair I should mention the finger foods were good and the house has been decorated well.
I will talk about The Wake afterwards though. Myself, daughters, Ruth and her son and my nephew Dirk went out for drinks and talked til about 12:00am at Chili’s. I finally heard some nice things about Donna other than about her smoking. It was more relaxing than previous nights. That might have been the strawberry daiquiri I was drinking but just as likely it was the company I was with. We had a great time talking, drinking, and eating dessert. We talked a little about the “The Visitation”, Donna, my family, something about a farm game on Facebook, buying pink cows and generally caught each other up on things. Paul didn’t come because he was tired. It has been rough on him the last several days. He was white and green (that olive complexion of his) and didn’t look so great himself when we came home. He looks better this morning than he did yesterday.
It was good seeing the cousins together. I’m sorry Jimmy and Drew couldn’t be there. They all look so much alike, like the McGills in looks but not like them in temperament. I’m glad about that. They’re all great kids (adults now), each in his or her own way.
As for the rest well, they’re family, what can I say? I believe in family, even the dysfunctional ones (including mine), and I’ll keep trying if not for Paul’s sake then for the girls. They have a right to know their grandma, aunts, and uncle. This time around they were made to feel welcome and it was appreciated.
We’re having spaghetti and meatballs per Holly and John’s request tonight. I’m making extra to send over to Paul’s mom and Jimmy. I won’t be going over there but only because Paul wants to stay home to be with his own family.
I’m all for that.