- unexpected guests
- November 21st, 2010
So the other morning I was out on the front porch with Greta, sitting in the sun and the wind, trying not to disturb David's meager five hours of shut-eye before his next shift and chatting on the phone with my sister about what we might or might not do for Thanksgiving when a pick-up truck drives up our road. I gave it a dirty look because I thought it was the despised hunters but it pulls into our driveway. Oh no! :-O I am wearing my post-chore hanging around the house not really doing anything at the moment uniform for cold weather ie sweatpants over long johns, fuzzy bootie slippers, three layers of not very pristine fleece, an official Trustees of Reservations fleece hat that I'm sure they would not feel my wearing of it was very good advertising and hair that had yet to see a brush that day. I reluctantly step out into the yard to discover the man getting out of the truck is my cousin Bob who I haven't seen in, like, five years. "Who is that?" I say into to phone to my sister "Oh my God, it's Bobby Moriarty!" "Oh, tell him I said hi" she says and I came within two inches of handing the phone to him and letting her talk to him. She is the gregarious one in the family, I am the hermit but I realize that there is nothing for it, I'm going to have to VISIT. Fortunately Bobby likes to talk thus he is easy to talk to, you can just interject comments on occasion and it seems almost like a real conversation. He also talks LOUDLY, it made me wonder if perhaps he is going deaf. I didn't ask him though. With him was a woman who I assumed was his wife Nancy but turned out to be my other cousin, his sister Jaye, which was pretty embarrasin' for me since I called my own cousin Nancy. In my defense I admit I hadn't really looked at her and just assumed... what is that old chestnut about what happens when you assume? At my house an old chestnut is a horse so screw the whole bunch of them. I never claimed to be good at this. So now I'm standing in the sun and the wind on the little patch of grass that constitutes a yard at our place and talking to my cousins while being essentially yelled at by one and given dirty looks by the other when Greta decides from her viewpoint on the porch that since the intruders don't seem dangerous that maybe she will come down and visit too. Bobby is quite smitten with her and says when he sees he "NOW THAT'S A DOG!" Greta is not quite so sure about Bobby though and sniffs him cautiously going "Ow my ears! Is there something wrong with him? Why is he yelling?" Then she sniffs Jaye and Jaye looks down at Greta, who is finding her to be very interesting smelling indeed, and says "Yes, I have a dog, now go away. I don't like dogs." When I told this to David later he said "Judy, get out of Jaye" I suppose I might have sent Greta away but I was feeling a little ornery, after all Greta lives here and we didn't invite them. I did discourage her when the sniffing went from smelling Jaye's dog to smelling Jaye herself and became. uhm, inappropriate. That's a howdy that even I don't enjoy. Jaye commented that her dog was "this big" indicating with her hand something the size of a loaf of bread. I got a really dirty look when I commented "Oh, snack -sized" although Bobby seemed to think it was funny. So we stood there and talked and joked and Bobby was like HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! and Jaye was like hiss,snicker,snicker and an occasional, grudging chortle, and David is inside lying in bed going "what the hell is all that noise?" and then they realized how friggin' cold it was and went away. The end.