My brother has a cabin in Kentucky, a small, two-bedroom, *mostly*-finished cabin in the woods. It doesn’t have an address. He needs to call the post office about that. It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, but maybe that’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t have a bathroom, yet. Someday it will. March snowfall has made the road to it nearly impassable, but he has four-wheel-drive and he can pick us up at the bottom of the hill.
We came from all around — Peter and his family from Ohio, John and his family from Georgia, myself from Virginia, my parents from another place in Ohio. Only one couldn’t join us this year, the brother in Washington, D.C. I guess it’s a city that never sleeps, or takes a vacation.
Nieces and nephews were everywhere, tumbling over each other in the tiny space. They’re all getting so big.
Islay is nearly 11. I was her nanny when she was a newborn. Hard to believe how time passes.
Ian is nearly 10. He wears glasses now, and looks so studious.
Tessa is 8. I remember being there when my sister-in-law learned she was pregnant with child #3.
The twins are 9, they hang on every word Ian says, fascinated by the boy. Their only brother is 2 years old. It shows.
Sarah is 6. She just wants to be included with the big kids.
And little Peter (little Peter to differentiate from big Peter) is two. Adorable. Precocious. He tries his mother’s patience, but makes the rest of us laugh a lot.
I want to treasure the memories. Islay showing us her gymnastics skills and recently-won medals. Tessa sitting on my lap to play Battleship. Sarah playing Sorry! over, and over, and over. The twins sharing their love of reading with me. Little Peter putting on a “show” (ie. turning the lights out and singing one line of “Let it Go”). Big meals shared around a giant table. Warm fires in the wood stove. So many wet boots, hats, mittens, and snow pants. Knitting and talking and more knitting. Hikes, walks, tromping through the snow. A truck stuck in the mud. Laughter. So much laughter. These are moment to cherish.
I desperately hope Husband can join us next year at this Kentucky cabin, and my DC brother. To be complete. It would mean so much.