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March 30, 2010

This week, my sister and her boyfriend are visiting, she from the east coast and he from Madrid, for a week of family immersion, small town sightseeing and American eating. On the menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, catfish, hushpuppies, smoked venison, BBQ pork, hamburgers and dill pickles. And Easter eggs, of course.

Tonight it was the Catfish Hole, where the walls are decorated with quilts, the dining rooms are furnished pie-supper style with long tables and metal chairs, each stained-glass window features a catfish (let’s assume they were a custom order), and the hushpuppies are about the best thing in the world.

But we’re not relying solely on fried foods to impress our new favorite foreigner.  On Friday night, fresh off of 12 hours on airplanes, he enjoyed the classic rock stylings of my brother’s band. Over the weekend, he helped my husband put new gutters on my mother’s house, then relaxed while mom showed him her best beetle identification book. AND we have a two-year-old to show off.

There’s nothing like a week of out-of-towners to highlight your toddler’s most captivating tricks. He kicked things off with his latest cuddly toy, a rubber snake that he wears draped around his neck. He “read” his letters and recited the names of yard tools. Poetry. He danced and did downward facing dog and buried himself in the dirty laundry. He played his sax and recorder. No Jack show would be complete without his cow and pig noises (his first and favorite words). New on the program is the scene where he tells everyone that he’s pooped, whether or not he actually has.

Tomorrow’s agenda includes dinner with Dad, whose unbridled charm knows no bounds.

Anyone else enjoying spring visitors? Either way, I hope you’re getting to put out the welcome mat for the season itself.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jenngator222 permalink
    March 31, 2010 12:45 pm

    My welcome Mat still advertises Christmas – I’ve got to get that back up in the attic!

  2. March 31, 2010 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a lovely visit, for all involved 🙂

  3. April 1, 2010 4:51 am

    Oh, I love little boy animal sounds! My son’s “oink” melts my heart every time. (Of course, this could be genetic. I’m predisposed to like him.) Enjoy your visitors, and have a hush puppy (or nine) for me.

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