1. I will be spending the weekend with my parents, siblings, and the families we've produced this weekend, and I could not be more excited. We get together in larger family groups with aunts, uncles, and cousins fairly often, and we get together with my parents and one other sibling Pretty regularly too, but the original five of us together in in one place for several days? We haven't done that in years.
2. I won't have the distraction of my online world of friends, as much as I love it. I won't have to force myself to ignore it because it will simply be inaccessible. I will be able to devote my attention to the people near me.
3. We will eat very, very well. I have been baking the last few days so we'll have breakfast foods and snacks on hand, we're bringing all kinds of delightful junk, and we will eat some really fine and fancy meals, prepared by ourselves and others. Good food gets me excited. I am going to throw all my healthy eating habits out the window and just enjoy. Who am I kidding? I threw my good habits out the window months ago and have the waistline to prove it. But I won't think about adopting them again until next week.
4. We will play many, many games. Some will take them seriously, some will not (that's me). We will laugh and laugh at the same jokes we've been telling for years. Some (I) will laugh to tears. There will be joy and pain in it, and it will be delightful.
5. We will be in my beloved mountains. They will refresh me and fill me up with happiness. We will hike up rocky trails shaded with ancient trees and slide down rocks into freezing rivers. We will get our clothes wet and muddy. It will be cool in the mornings and evenings, and we'll need our sweatshirts.
6. One night only the adults will go out to dinner.
7. Our children will play together. My adult niece will read to her young cousins. My older nephew will direct my daughter in play until she's reached her limit of cooperating. The two youngest will mainly parallel play. There will be plenty of whining and squabbles over toys, but there will be more laughter.
8. We may revert to our old roles. My brother may get bossy and demanding; I may cry because somebody hurt my feelings; and my sister may demand all our attention with her silliness. But then we'll think better of ourselves. We'll laugh about how easy it is to fall back into those roles and know we know better without having to apologize.
9. I won't have to be anyone but myself. I won't have to curb a momentary spark of impatience or keep being social when I just need to replenish myself with some alone time. The others will understand and no one's feelings will get hurt. And I will do the same for everyone else.
10. But we'll mostly laugh. And it won't be hard because these are the people I love best in all the world.
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