It’s been almost two years (less a month) to the day since I’ve seen my sister in law Amber and my niece Makayla. The last time they were here was when Shawn was in a coma following his heart failure and attacks.
So you can imagine how happy I was a couple of months ago when she called and told us that she and her husband Greg and Miss Mak were going to come down for a holiday/visit this summer.
I’m tremendously blessed in my in laws. I have a wonderful bunch of second siblings and parents and Amber and I have always been specifically close. After all, I’ve known her since she was eight. I watched her grow up and be a teenager and then a young woman. She lived with us for almost a year and I was right there with her when Makayla was born and then when she and Greg were married. She in turn was here for me that horrific week when we didn’t know if Shawn would live or die.
All week last week were sending excited texts to one another and yesterday, when they pulled into the driveway, the car was barely turned off before she was out of the car hugging us all amidst squeals of delight.
Last night we drank too much beer, had The Hip concert on and we talked and laughed and sang for hours.
It’s going to be an amazing time with them and, I fear, way too short. But, we’ve learned since September 19th, 2014 and, all of the country remembered last night, time is fleeting at best.
Grab your loved ones. Sing loudly and live as hard as you can.
We’re going to holiday the shit out of this week. Because all too soon, September will be here, and our lives will all slip quietly into yet another chapter.