Last night, I embarked on an epic road trip- starting a 900 mile drive to the greater Huntsville metropolitan area to spend Thanksgiving with my brother Vin and his family. Mom flew down from Dulles on Monday evening. The bulk of my drive was along I-81, from Hazelton, PA to Knoxville, TN.
It’s good to be surrounded by family. My nieces have grown a lot taller than they were the last time I’d seen them a couple of years ago, my nephew is no longer a toddler. The girls are as sweet, smart, and funny as always- they are readers, they have vivid imaginations, they are perfect exemplars of the family.
Vin’s birthday is November 30th, so we usually double up on Thanksgiving and his birthday. This Saturday will be the birthday party, and one of the guests is a guy who was a couple of years behind Vin at school, a regular guest at our house during his school years. He’s family, from the Tejano branch. A big family reunion like this makes a 16 hour, nine hundred mile drive worth the effort, and then some.
It’s weird- I’ve been up all night and all day, but I feel alert, almost wired. I chalk it up to the excitement of catching up with everyone.