I have four daughters this week. It’s always interesting having a far-away friend visit one of my girls, because it changes the mix just enough to shake up the regular routines. I don’t feel like I can be my usual sloth-like vacation self and I have an urge to keep things a little more straightened up around the house, but in most respects she has to join the family as just another sibling. Fortunately for me, this particular addition is easy-going and forgiving — or at least she doesn’t complain much.
Having a longer-term visitor forces us to do a little more than we might usually. That’s not a bad thing though, as we tend to live by Newton’s First Law – Holiday Edition: “A body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and kids in pajamas will stay in pajamas unless they have someone to do something with”.
So this week we will do a little less independent foraging in the kitchen for meals and make a more concerted effort to either cook or go someplace fun. We’ll hit a couple of movies, and maybe do something touristy that people only do in their home region when they have guests. We’ll actually get dressed when we get up, instead of having a lounging week. I’ll have fun watching my daughter insert her friend into our family follies, and I’ll look at our flock from the perspective of our extra chick, enjoying them just a little bit more.