Flabbergasting K and I, my mother offered to keep the children for a week at my grandmother's home in Virginia last summer.
I was, of course, excited about the possibilities of a child-fee week, but I was equally excited about my children having the opportunity to spend a summer week in the small Virginia community where I spent so much time as a child.
The Mayor and I talked on the phone one night before bed and he told me all about his day.
"I met Charlie and Joey at the pool and we talked and talked. We talked about the things we have, what we like to do and where we like to go... it was so great, Mom."
Charlie and Joey are both cousins of his.
Everywhere we turn in this part of Virginia, relatives abound.
There is something tremendously comforting in having a sense of place like that, where everywhere you go, you are related to someone.
I drove back up to Virginia to collect The Mayor and The Rooster the next weekend.
While I was gone, I got a series of e-mails from K under the subject heading "wild bachelor."
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Jul 11, 2009
Subject: wild bachelor
Yes, I’ve gone wild.
I will now regale you of my exploits:
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2009 12:45 PM
Subject: Re: wild bachelor
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2009 12:53
Subject: RE wild bachelor
The romp continues...
- Replaced the kitchen fluorescent light fixture -Which revealed just how disgusting our refrigerator had become. Ew. Cleaned out bottom drawers and underneath bottom drawers (yuck - red strawberry something or other pooled and streaked and sticky).
- cleaned the top of the refrigerator (also remarkably gross).
- cleared out back porch, sorting hangers and beach toys.
I can't be stopped.
My mom says she'll keep them again this summer.
I live in unbearable suspense, wondering what my husband will get up to this year.