We made it back yesterday night, and it was so, so, SO wonderful to see the girls. At one point, Mary looked up at my face and exclaimed gleefully, “You came back!” Heartstrings warmed. Both girls came into my room this morning and preferred a long, long cuddle to any offers of food or other entertainment. I got lots of cuddles throughout the day, and we ended with…yet more cuddles in Lydia’s toddler bed. Mary squeezed herself happily in the middle, and I felt like I was in heaven. It is so nice to be back home with my girls.
The only real activity today centered around going to dinner at Chelsea and Derek’s house. Chelsea made magazine-worthy eggplant involtini. It was so good, and it felt so great not to have to cook dinner; the return to reality was softened slightly when Chelsea offered to outsource that task.
For most of the day, we lounged at home with the girls. Abe did a couple of lovely home improvement projects, and we rounded off the day by watching the movie, Emporer. It is about the end of WWII in Japan and the drama surrounding the U.S. decision on how to deal with Hirohito.
Today felt filled with WWII, actually. I devoured the rest of my book on the U.S. rowing team that won the gold medal at the Berlin olympics, and I read a cousin’s post on Facebook about how today marks the 71st anniversary of when Darby’s Rangers were gunned down behind enemy lines. Grandma, I thought of you, and I couldn’t imagine how you felt after you learned about Ralph. You are such a courageous woman. I love you.