I had planned on coming home EARLY, and you know, ironing and eating sensibly and whatnot. But then one of Sam's buddies' moms called and invited him over and WHILE I was on that call Tash called and invited the rest of us over so I said "What the heck" and we hung out in town till bedtime. It was fan-jolly-tastic! Tash did everything and fed us and I sat around like a lump and drank Paul's wine (thank you Tash and Paul!) while Chas and Max played in the pool with the other boys, and then we picked Sam up and came home. It was a great way to end the week. Or THE week, or the WEEK, however you want to put it. I am glad it's over.
My Aunt, that's my Uncle's wife, Ina, who my brother lived with for years in England while he was being eddicated, is terminally ill with cancer. She has known for some time but yesterday my uncle finally sent out an email to say: This is it, folks.
I may not get to see her, I may not arrive in England in time. Ina was the one who, when I was puking all over with morning sickness, fed me and did my laundry for most of my pregnancy with Chas. I was working while Sean did his pilot's license and I don't know how I could have supported us without her help. She was one of the first people to hold Chas when he was born, and the very first person I left him with while Mum and I popped into town. I feel so sad. We didn't always see eye to eye, I think our personalities clashed, but Ina is someone I admire greatly and will always be grateful to. She has five sons. Five! Plus my brother from the marvellous age of thirteen, and several others. So glad we visited them in May.
I got my car back today, YAY! It looks like new, and was not greatly expensive. The damage was to the fender and bumper. The lights, door, etc remained unscathed. So it was a simple job, especially for the Inlaw Family Straightener Guy who is used to seeing much worse damage. Yeah, you know how most families have a Family Doctor? The Inlaws have a straightener!