April 15, 2003

Midnight Call

I have three sisters. Marcia, Heidi and Kathy, in that order, oldest to youngest with me being the baby of the family. We're basically two years to eighteen months apart, so if I'm 40 (which I'll be on April 16, 2003) then Kathy is 42, Heidi 44, and Marcia is 46.

I'm vastly different from my sisters in many ways, and yet still, in the way families tend to be, very much the same.

My sister Heidi called me at midnight last night.

Now to put this into a little context, yesterday morning I had to go fetch
my son from school. The school nurse called to say he was sound asleep and
snoring. Not only that, but he'd been asleep for two hours. Sigh. I go to
fetch him and explain that with him being home sick since last tueday, that
I'd stop enforcing his bedtime. Friday night I'd been up to 3:00 p.m.
writing and my husband stayed up Saturday night until 4:30 or 5:00. We're
very much night owls.

And so when my sister called last night, she was just finishing dinner and I
was just thinking about going to bed. A perfect time to talk. (Oh, we're
both Eastern Time zone.)

She was just calling to wish me Happy Birthday two
days...opps...midnight...one day early. I'd been trying to get hold of her
since her birthday March 8th -- a close knit family we're not.

Typical of my family, we talked for like half an hour on the weather,
ailments, and puppies. (My family breeds dogs. My sister is whelping 11
puppies currently and between the whole family they have like four dogs due
this week. One Christmas they had fifty puppies between my mom and three

Only when we go to hang up does she mention, oh yes, her foster daughter had
a baby last month (I didn't know she was expecting), her son Jason and
daughter Christine are both expecting their first baby -- Jason's in August
and Christine's in October -- and our nephew Jimmy (Marcia's son) who runs a construction business with Jason is also going to be a first time daddy in August.

Puppies and babies! Is it any wonder I write about feral children?

Posted by wen at April 15, 2003 07:50 AM

Whats up Wen! Keep writing those books and I will keep reading them, my mom says it keeps me out of trouble. You are not like other authors because you read and respond e-mails that people send you. Well I am at Arizona right now so bye.

Your liitle fan,
John Rizzo

Posted by: John Rizzo at April 15, 2003 02:54 PM

Happy b'lated!

Posted by: Vicki at April 30, 2003 07:47 PM