Thursday, September 10, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Holidays are exhausting!
Once again, I’m relieved to be back at work after a holiday, so I can rest!
I had a bunch of really good company and we cooked a lot and had a great time.
My niece from Heber Springs, “Sister,” and her daughter Emily (13) got to our house late Friday night.
By the time they got here, I’d already been to the grocery store after work and then to Memphis to pick up my daughter, who’d been rear-ended by a teenager.
Dana, who is no longer a teenager (thank goodness!) left LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, where she works, around 8 p.m. or so. She called me around 8:30 with the “dread news,” a fender bender! I had to come pick her up! The little car the little girl who’d hit her was driving was fine. Dana’s big Honda was fine, except for the piece of fender that cut a tire.
So, Dana and I got home around 10 or so and Sister and Emily got there around 11 p.m. Sister had also picked up Robin, a former classmate of Meredith, my granddaughter, and Grace, her best friend since they were three. Robin, for a long time, was part of the threesome that was seldom apart from each other. Moving to Wynne, Ark. kinda stopped that.
Grace, Mere and Grem were all at Dana’s house, sound asleep. Robin and Emily went straight to bed also.
Did we go straight to bed? Maybe not...
My brother got there Saturday morning, so there was my niece, my brother, four teenage girls (all 13) and my youngest granddaughter, who is 11.
The entire crew piled into two cars and we drove to Sonny and Marion Pryor’s farm near Lee’s Crossing. Grace’s mom had bought a horse for Grace from them (Apollo boards at our house, since horses are frowned on in Holly Springs).
Dana had been looking for a horse for Grem, since Dana had a horse (Dude, 22, has been her horse since he was a few days old); Mere has a horse (Athena, 15ish, a white Appaloosa mare) and then Grace brought Apollo to live with them. Everyone could ride, except Grem.
All of the girls are horse-mad anyway and sharing was becoming a real nightmare!
The timing was perfect, Marion had just brought home a small, gaited mare, that she was selling for a friend. She knew the horse well and told Dana to come look at her.
The connection between Grem and Annabelle, now named Annabelle Lee Miss Rose Artemis, was instantaneous!
Grem rode her around for a while, Mere and Grace rode her and pronounced her “sweet!”
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