I’m completely, completely in love with you. I even love the things about you that I hate…because you make me feel like I don’t have to be anyone other than who I am and, to me, that feels like family and that’s what I want us to be. I want us to be a family because that never ends. -Justin, Brothers & Sisters
Yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner made me feel like I was once again a part of Match’s family. I received such a warm welcome from not only Match’s parents, but the entire clan (that’s what they call themselves, it’s five sisters, and they can be quite formidable). I instantly felt at home, and we settled in to a relaxing afternoon of wine, way too much food, and great company.
When we arrived at the eldest of Match’s aunt’s, I shouldn’t have been surprised by how beautiful it was. Like the rest of the family, her home was stunning. It was older, but classy, with a built in wf2cb water filter on the sink, and a great kitchen island. The living room had a gorgeous view of the hillside, and a sitting room with a fireplace where Match and I curled up together and visited with his cousin. We all laughed at how old we’ve become when someone mentioned the idea of going out and all three of us groaned and said, “No way we’re going to sleep!” It’s funny how we’ve gotten to where we prefer a quiet night in as apposed to going out. I never thought I’d be the way I am now, this little homebody, but I love it.
The aunts were disappointed when we announced that we wouldn’t be home for Christmas this year, but they understood. One of them gave me a big hug and said that she knows there will be many others for us to share. I can’t tell you how nice those comments were, especially after the awkwardness from the last encounter with Match’s mom. She hugged us both and insisted we come over for dinner the following Saturday. She even kissed me on the cheek just like I was her own daughter. It felt good to be back to normal with her.
After the festivities, Match and I drove home at the late hour of 9pm and went for a walk with Monkey. Then we curled up on the couch, each with a book in hand, and read while drinking tea and listening to classical music. It may not sound like much, but it was so relaxing and peaceful. I slept like a baby that night. I’m looking forward to many more holidays with Match and his family, and to peaceful nights at home curled up in his arms.