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Christmas Trip

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We leave Sun. for the airport where we’ll stay overnight at a nearby airport hotel for our Mon. morning 10:30 flight to North Carolina, where we’ll be visiting my brother, sister-in-law, and their grandson for eight days over Christmas. We are supposed to get several inches of snow tonight plus high winds, resulting in blizzard conditions. Of course our school-age grandchildren are hoping they’ll have a snow day tomorrow. So far it has rained, but as of late this afternoon/early evening the snow and wind are supposed to whip up into quite a storm. I’m just hoping we can “get out of Dodge” in spite of the dire weather predictions.

My brother tells me that the weather in NC is in the 50s, and that sounds downright springlike to me. We will celebrate Christmas with them on Monday evening, Christmas Eve, with food and gifts. We will spend the weekend at my brother’s cabin in VA, and on Dec. 26, I will be meeting someone you all know.

He and I will be going to music stores to look for sheet music for songs he especially likes, like “Crazy” (of Patsy Cline fame), “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “Irene, Goodnight,” “When You’re Smilin’,” “This Land is Your Land,” and others. He likes Jimmy Durante, Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, and similar artists. He’s so excited to do this, and it will be fun to explore music stores that have good selections.

He has recently been working on “Amazing Grace.” He wanted to learn it “for Mom,” and that motivation has shot him forward at a super pace. He’s working on the very last measures right now, and by day’s end he’ll have it all. Mom died 17 1/2 years ago, and one of the songs I played at her memorial service was “Amazing Grace.” He’s not particularly into songs that reflect a spiritual message, but he wanted to learn it because it was one of the requests she made of me for the music at her service.

His wife has been out of town for nearly a month, taking care of her 90 year-old father, and she’s due home Sat. There are ten children in the family, and they’re each taking a month to stay with him before he has to go into a care home. His wife passed away about a year and a half ago, and the kids are caring for him now.

Anyhow, my sister-in-law has no idea that Tom has been working on “Amazing Grace,” so it will be a complete surprise for her when she gets home.

I’m so looking forward to our trip. We celebrated our family Christmas here on Sunday, and now we get to have another one. How fun is that?

Christmas tree

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Author: Maggie

I am a retired language arts teacher from the Midwest who has published a book of poems. I write poetry in the classic forms. My reading interests are non-fiction, especially in the areas of medicine and spirituality. I am a pianist, and also enjoy word puzzles and games.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Trip

  1. Can’t wait till you come back and tell us all about it travel safely and enjoy our East Coast weather :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family

    Eunice

  2. I can’t wait to meet you and give you a hug. :) What a special gift this Christmas!

    Travel safely!

    Melissa

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