We left at eight in the morning Christmas day. It was a long two and a half hour drive to my sister's house. As soon as I got in the car, dad tried to hand me two Klonopin.
"I don't want to be drugged for this," I told him, pushing his hand away.
OMG! I passed up feel good drugs! I so surprised myself, but I didn't want to be in a fog as my medications can sometimes impart. I wanted my mind to be clear and bright, and without a slurred voice.
Y'all, I was so nervous, though. My heart was beating a hundred miles per hour on the drive up there and I know my blood pressure had to be high. I about panicked when dad said Eudell and Jan would be there. My sister's in-laws. I hadn't seen them since my sister got married and they are abrasive people. I wanted a close family gathering to feel more comfortable. I wanted things to go smoothly for my nerve's sake.
My sister met us at the door with a glass of merlot in one hand and a baby on her other hip.
"I can't believe you made it!" she said excitedly to me as she gave me a hug. "You never come to family functions."
"Well, I feel mentally able to for the first time in years," I replied. "Merry Christmas."
Dad did all the cooking and brought it with us. He cooked a huge pork loin with his special barbeque sauce, macaroni and cheese casserole which was to die for, yeast rolls, butter beans, and asparagus with a lemon and mayonnaise sauce with boiled eggs on top. It was so delicious. For dessert, dad cooked three cakes. A coconut cake. A red velvet cake. And another lane cake. Mom hungrily ate a piece of all three after our meal which made my father roll his eyes at my sister. Mom does need to lose weight, though. She goes to Weight Watchers after New Year's. She said she was going to eat everything in sight, though, before that.
Good news! Mom wore Depends for our trip. Dad ran by the pharmacy and opened up long enough to get her some.
"You can't even see that I am wearing them," mom said happily as she looked in the bathroom mirror at my sister's house as I brushed my teeth next to her after lunch.
"Any accidents yet?" I asked with a smile.
"NO!" mom said, laughing. "I just can't bend over, though. I will probably blow my Depends off!"
I died laughing and she did too. It is good that we can laugh about it.
My sister got a new job much closer to us. They are selling their home and buying a home on a local lake. She will be head of oncology and hematology at a local hospital. Dad is so excited! He gave my brother-in-law a 14k gold money clip for Christmas, "You are going to need that! Y'all are going to be rolling in money!" My sister will be making five times more money than she did during her training and fellowship.
It was an eight hour day and I was so glad to come home. Charlie had been over and cleaned my house while we were gone. All my dishes were washed and all my laundry was done and I had a pile of it. I was on my last leg mentally by the time I walked through my door, though. Bless Maggie, she had never been so glad to see me in her life. She even jumped up into my lap and that is something she has never, ever done. It warmed my heart and soon we were in the bed, Maggie and I, getting some much needed rest. Merry Christmas to you all!