What a lovely few days we have had! Family is such a precious thing and sharing time with them can be such a joy. We got here late Tuesday evening to a breezy Texas evening. It was great to see Mom and Dad looking better that I had hoped with all the health problems they have had this winter. They were thrilled to see Courtney. I believe that she is the joy of their lives. We got to the motor home and bedded down for the night, four people living in a motor home is tight. Though, as Daddy did reproach me today, there are millions of people all over the world that do it as a matter of living every day. We do take our lives and way of living so for granted. We all slept well and got up, broke our fast and went shopping at a local mall. It has changed a lot since I was here, most of the shops are geared towards teens, skinny teens at that!. Daddy wanted Courtney to see the Iwo Jima memorial there in Harlingen, it is the original prototype of the bronze that sits in Arlington National Cemetery. This one is plaster and apparently the mad who designed it gave it to the military academy there, who cares for it to this day. It is as impressive as the bronze and it was good for Courtney to see it and talk about it as we had seen the one in Washington a couple of years ago, she remembers it, and had been subjected to many lengthy talks about World War II as well. This just added some context. We had a great meal of meat loaf, stuffing, peas and apricots, prepared by mother. Sounds like a weird mix, but it was pretty darn tasty! There are few things in the world like being coddled by your mother, to be coddled in that way at 50, well, it is pretty fabulous! One may wonder why I would allow my mother to wait on me at 50, but in truth there is little room for two cooks in the kitchen of the motor home. We played a new card game that evening, that playing a game and spending time thing is more precious than Courtney can even begin to understand at this point in her life!
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