This is another episode of Previously on Amara and comes from June of 2009. Amara would have been 5 years old.
This was the summer that Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark rode their Harleys from Michigan to southern California and back. Yes, my sister is a biker chick! Amara and her Daddy had never met Aunt Sandy and no one but me had met Uncle Mark. They had a wonderful ride cross-county and met all sort of interesting people along the way but we like to think the best part of the trip was when they arrived here.
We have a large map of the United States on the wall in the hallway, Amara and I had been talking about how far it was from Michigan to California, and every day of their trip, I would show her where they were on the map. I explained to her that they do speak English in Michigan. It was the longest day ever waiting for them to finally arrive. We had a big lasagna dinner planned and Amara was so excited to finally meet them. They were tired when they finally got here but it was a wonderful evening.
Sandy went with me and Jenna to pick Amara up from preschool the next day. It was the last week of school. It was so fun to watch Amara yell across the playground to one of the other teachers, “This is my Aunt Sandy. She rode her motorcycle all the way from Michigan just to meet me!” We four girls had a wonderful lunch that day and Amara told the waitress the very same thing! Such pride, it was so cute to watch.
While Amara was certain Aunt Sandy came solely to see her Sandy and I hadn’t seen each other in years and we couldn’t wait to spend time catching up. We spent one afternoon just sitting and chatting about everything and nothing while Sandy ran some laundry. They had been on the road for 12 days by the time they got to our house and doing laundry with me was a lot more fun than the Laundromat!
Sandy and I also played tourist and went to the Crystal Cathedral, which is just a few short blocks away. The grounds and all the statues are just amazing regardless of your religious beliefs. The cathedral itself is just breath taking. But because the Cathedral is made of glass, it is not air-conditioned. I can’t begin to imagine how hot it must get in there when we have some of our triple digit heat and it is over 100 before 11 AM.
But what neither of us could really believe was the bathroom! OMG, it belonged in a palace somewhere! I understand that God’s church is supposed to be beautiful to honor him but I don’t see any reason bathrooms for us mere mortals need to be so lavish. Think of all the food that could have been bought with the money they spent on marble tiles, gold fixtures and cherry wood stalls. I wish we would have had one of our husbands with us so we could have had them check out the men’s room!
Their last evening with us Jenna cooked an amazing taco dinner and we celebrated my birthday a week early. Jenna even baked me a special cake. Sandy and Mark got to meet all of the Kids animals especially Uri (Upper repertory infection) who at the time was the youngest of the cats and very lovable. We spent part of that evening Wii bowling – Amara rules at Wii bowling and had even earned her gold bowling ball. She was very focused on her game! I think she beat all of us that night.
Those few days went very quickly but none of us will ever forget them. Amara hasn’t gotten a chance to see her Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark since then but having met them, she knows who they are and talks about them all the time!
Family is important and Amara loves hers.
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