She emailed me and told me she was coming to Charlotte. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It had been 10 years since I’d seen my cousin. I wondered what she looked like now. How was her hair cut. What color was it. Had she lost or gained weight since I last saw her. Weight has been an issue for both of us for the past 10 years.
My cousin is a fact of my life. We were born in the same year, two months apart. We have been like twins ever since we were born. We have always been closer than close. We played together as little girls, we grew up together. I can always tell if something is wrong the moment I hear her voice. We love each other unconditionally and confide everything to each other. We were pregnant with our first child at the same time and 10 years later, coincidently, we were pregnant with our second children at the same time. What are the chances.
She called me from the airport the morning she arrived and said that she couldn’t find a rental car. It was Labor Day weekend and in the excitement of making reservations, she forgot to reserve a car. She was doing this because I don’t drive much and I certainly don’t know how to get to the airport. She said she couldn’t get a car. I told her we would be out to get her as soon as we could and for her to wait by baggage. I called her a few minutes before we arrived at the airport and told her to wait outside, that we were almost there. I also told her she was in luck. My husband had Monday off and could drive her back to the airport for her return flight. She didn’t need a car after all.
When I saw her, a swell of relief rushed over me. There she was. I had never seen her hair that short or that color. It was a dark, red. Beautiful. I had only seen her with strawberry colored, long hair. I couldn’t believe how short it was. I had cut mine short because in the humidity it turned curly and I couldn’t deal with it. As my husband helped her put her carry-on in the trunk, she commented on both of us having short hair. We both had put on a little weight since we’d last seen each other, but she looked great!
When we got home, she took the tour of our living abode and said how cute it was. We have windows everywhere so a lot of light gets in. We talked about our hair and she gave me some Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax. The wax I was using was too creamy and didn’t get my hair stiff enough. I’d get too much of it on my fingers and my hair would lump up and lay limp. The Sumo Wax is perfect. It’s harder to get on your fingers but a little does a lot.
We were busy everyday. The first day, Thursday, we replenished the groceries in the house. We went to my favorite pizzeria to get a fresh slice of pizza. She loved it. We went to Ulta to see all the stuff they had in their store. She’d never been to an Ulta store before. We went back to the grocery store to get some meat (we shop at 5 different stores) then we went home and cooked for the rest of the day. She made fried chicken strips out of chicken breast, showing me how to do it. I made a big batch of potato salad. We took breaks every now and again to have a cup of tea. She cut up and put on to marinate some raspberry chicken which is based in soy sauce and raspberry jam with just a touch of curry. We were tired by the time my husband came home from school. We talked all evening
Friday, we took my grandson to the Lazy 5 ranch to see the wild animals. That was fun and it took us all day. That night we went to a fabulous birthday dinner (for me) that was out of this world, The McNinch House Restaurant. Wonderful! The next day, Saturday, was my birthday and we lazed around all day. My son and grandson came over that night and my son fixed us fish tacos for dinner. Sunday we drove around Charlotte, showing my cousin how pretty Charlotte is. For some reason, she thought Charlotte was a small town. She mentioned how spread out it was and how long it took to get everywhere. We went to the mall and walked around window shopping. I had some birthday gifts to exchange. Late that afternoon, we went to a Chinese dinner with my son. We ordered Pork lo Mein, Garlic Beef, Tangerine Chicken and Bang-Bang Shrimp. I knew my son would order some shrimpy thing. We then came home and relaxed because my cousin needed to get ready for her trip home the next day, Labor Day.
Monday, we woke up early and my cousin was busy getting ready for her plane ride. We were able to visit for a little while but we had to get to the airport by 10:00 a.m. so we left pretty quickly. I was so sad to see her go. I told her we couldn’t wait another 10 years to see each other again. She agreed. As she stepped onto the curb with her luggage, we got in the car, waving, and drove away. The next day I was low because she was gone. We had such a wonderful time. It just wasn’t long enough. I’m looking forward to our next visit.