Meet the Parents
Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
394Trip End Ongoing
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Time's been really flying here. People have partied and celebrated their way through the summer holidays and one by one they've filtered back in to work. My hours have remained constant so I never really got to celebrate the same patterns, just overlapped in and out of them - four days work, four days holiday - perfect. As I generally come and go I get to miss, or sometimes witness, the usual house dramas. Ricky has since moved back in after leaving for a third time. The second time he left he stayed away for quite a while, again at Big Rob's as he wasn't sure what he wanted. Apparently, he's been back a few days now, only our paths never crossed due to our overlapping working hours. The first I knew of his return was when I went to butter some toast the other morning - as I popped off the lid it looked like somebody had shook the toaster upside down in there.
All is well in the house though. Lyn-Marie's folks have just turned up to visit for a couple of weeks, which I'm sure will be a great time for them. It will also be a great pleasure to see Jez on his very best behaviour. From what I understand it's all very much an ongoing 'Meet the Parents' situation and Jez is firmly convinced that Ray is a spy. I came home briefly just as they'd arrived fresh from the airport and the kitchen was alive with banter like it had just been plugged in to the mains. The house had been vacuumed thoroughly from top to bottom and Jez was sporting a nice new shirt and bright smile as he helped them with their bags.
I think it's great when people's parents are over. It doesn't matter who they are. When you spend so much time away from your folks, it's amazing how a small hole seems to get filled just by having someone's parents around. It's a warm and satisfying experience and everybody takes something valuable from it, whatever is needed I guess, though most of the time I think people generally use the warm company as a bridge to their own valuable memories.
'So what's it like seeing your little girl again mom?'
'Ooh, I just wanna squeeze the living daylights out of her!'