(for The Joys part of this post, click here)
When you live a professional baseball pitcher's throw from your in-laws you may experience some of the following things:
-1 a.m. or 1 p.m. calls to take aging parents to the hospital
-someone keeping track of the lights that are turned on in the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning
-someone tracking the lights turned off in the late evening
-follow-up questions and/or comments about the 2 incidences listed above
-the eavesdropping of conversations or play taking place outside... not an issue in the summer due to the cornfield and leafy trees, but more of a normal in late fall and winter... and spring, when nature doesn't provide you with some sound barriers
-questions about vehicles parked on your hill (a subtle way of letting you know you could never have a secret love affair, for certain)
-exclamations of shear delight because Christmas lights allow one to see INTO your home... and that "one" may be your mother in law who has butted her hospital bed against the large window that faces your house...
-the role of first responder... with all emergency and non-emergency situations
-frequent stops from a father-in-law who has broke one thing or another and needs your husband's help
-a phone call anytime an ambulance or police car goes up the road... just to be sure all is well
-the inability to say "We are not available" because they know you are available... they can hear/see/track your every move afterall.
I think it's a good thing Farmer and I have nothing to hide because whatever it would be that needed hid, wouldn't be able to be hidden. Follow?
Oh, the things they don't tell you in Family Farm Wives' school...
Joyfully Blessed... corn season, in-laws, and all,
Raising Crops and Babies