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Carol Perkins: Christmas at the Perkins' house

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By Carol Perkins

Celebrating Christmas at the Perkins' house happens the week after Christmas, so we have just completed our "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" with Jon and his family and Carla and hers.

Not being accustomed to having anyone in the house except the two of us, the sounds of youth coming from every room and the long discussions among adults were blessings. The kitchen was always bustling with activity because each has special dishes from Frito pie (Noah) to spaghetti (J.C.) to mashed potatoes (Luke) to creamed corn (Eme).

The most exciting gift could have been the crossbow for J.C. When his family moved from Brentwood to Chapel Hill, TN (which is much like Edmonton), J.C. came home one day from middle school and announced that it was bow season. (He has never been hunting.) That prompted the new bow.

He can now take out an elephant. After hours of his dad putting it together, everyone went outside to watch the "shooting." There are two arrows that will forever remain in a tree in our yard!

My tradition, when the kids are all together, is to take them to a movie. After arguing over what to see, we settled on "CATS." Luke (16) read the horrible reviews, so I thought it would be fun to see for ourselves. J.C. had just seen the play at TPAC and I had slept through most of it years ago at the KCPA in Louisville, so I was game to see how the movie version might compare. Eme and Noah hated it; J.C. loved it, I didn't mind it, and Luke thought it was weird!

On the day before they left, we made a trek to Bowling Green for lunch, and then Eme and I went shopping while everyone else went to the Corvette plant. This was a special day because it was Guy's birthday and taking him out to lunch was the plan. I must confess that when I got up the morning, I forgot. I had the card ready but did I think of it? No. How embarrassing when the following conversation occurred.

Jon had planned to leave at ten, have lunch in Bowling Green, get to the Corvette plant by one, and then after the tour, go to Haywood to visit Aunt Carolyn (Berry). Getting everyone out the door that early seemed impossible so Jon suggested switching the plan to going to the plant at eleven and eating last. Guy's radar went off. "Son, you surely know that I am not going to wait until one to eat." Jon assured him he would not starve. We have a saying between us that goes like this: "It's not all about you!" So, I pulled that one out of my hat. "Guy, you do realize it's not all about you!"

Jon looked at me and said, "This time, I believe it is about him since it's his birthday!" Talk about mortified, I could have died. How could I have forgotten? In my defense, this was before my first cup of coffee. In the end, Guy had a perfect day with his family and got to eat before going to the museum! After all, the day WAS about him!

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This story was posted on 2020-01-02 13:03:04
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