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Carol Perkins: Count Your Blessings

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By Carol Perkins

"Of course, I can make the trip," I said as Guy looked at my swollen ankles and oversized knee caps. "I'll get out and walk often (which I knew was not the truth) and I'll elevate my feet (which would mean lying on my back and holding them to the SUV roof which was impossible.)" Misery was the price I was willing pay for the seventeen hour drive so my Texas grandchildren would never say, "Now, just who is that woman?"

We left the day after Christmas with Carla and JC. (Mark had to work.) The interstate from Texarkana to Austin was under construction (it is always under construction). We took a break and turned at Waco to tour the Magnolia Plantation and the famous Silos.

Guy had a meltdown over the ten dollars to park and nearly fainted when he saw the line wrapping around the building to get in the famous bakery. We took back our ten dollars and waved bye to Chip and Joanna (not literally). They have built an empire in Waco once known for the Davidian Compound Tragedy.

One of the highlights of my trip was taking all four grandchildren to see "Mary Poppins." They only went because I told them that is what I wanted for Christmas. Beth (Jon's wife) arranged for us to go to the Movie House and Eatery. The leather reclining seats (all reserved) each had an inside button to raise the feet and lower the back. (The aisles were extremely wide.) A waitress took orders (like in a restaurant). In front of each recliner was a swing tray with a place for a drink. This is the way to see a movie!

Time for gifts! Their big dog Hazel jumped from chair to chair, chasing any bit of food she thought we had, and their rabbit Holland lay in Guy's lap as we passed out presents. The grandkids look forward to one thing each year: Papa's gift. He goes on a one day shopping trip to buy a gift for each. We all can't wait to see what he buys. As JC said, "Papa goes big or he goes home." Eme was totally surprised and happy with her small hatbox shaped Michael Kors purse! How did he know Michael Kors? JC got Legos, something for a guitar (Luke) and a UK, UL jacket/sweatshirt and hat for the sports boy, Noah.

Then we sadly left. On the way home, I whispered to Guy. "The next trip down here may be for Luke's graduation in two years and we will fly! They will just have to come to Kentucky to see us." As we pulled away from their house, JC said, "I'd give up my new PS4 if we could spend a month together." (He just got it for Christmas.) He loves his cousins and they love him. I "teared up" on that one! For you who live near your grandchildren and they live near their cousins, count your blessings!

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