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We Would Love to Have You Stay

Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 08:36 AM (-06:00) Creative Commons License

“Please know,” Jenny said, “that we would love to have you stay here for the eclipse.”

It didn’t sink in at first that this was my cousin, because I had been texting about lightning bugs with her kids. (You can never be quite sure who is on the other end of texts to her.)

“Not sure. Probably not, because we’re going to use our PTO on a trip to Canada this summer.”

But it was Friday, and the living was easy outside on the Chuy’s patio. So it didn’t take long to reevaluate.

“Could I visit a class of yours and do The Jabberwocky?”

“Are you serious!?” 

A few minutes later, Jenny reported, “Julia and Katherine are screaming with excitement.”

“But do you think you can integrate it into your curriculum?” I asked.

“How could anyone not be able to?” she asked.

Days passed. A week. More.

“Have you given any more thought to coming in August?” she asked.

“I’m thinking that when I die, I’m not likely to say, I wish I had just stayed at home that August in 2017 when the lights went out in Kentucky.

“He’s coming!?” someone on the other end replied.

And with that, our plans were made. 

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