Someone Else’s Life

When you think about it, it’s a rare thing to step into someone else’s life and live there for a few days when they are not there.  It’s a little surreal in fact. This week I am still me, but I am living as a “stand in” for my brother and his wife while they are gone on a well deserved anniversary trip. This morning after sleeping in their bed, with their dog, I got up and watched the sky get light from my sister-in-law’s favorite chair in her second story bedroom.

My brother's house and the upstairs window that looks to the east - love it.
My brother’s house and the upstairs bay window that looks to the east – love it.

I walked over to my parents house for my first cup of coffee for the morning, and then back to have breakfast with my brother’s two children Claire and Evan. Today they are starting the week’s schoolwork which is scheduled in detail for them.  They study at home and I’m warned there might be questions about algebra, geometry and writing.

My nephew and the dog studying together.
My nephew and the dog studying together.

My brother and his wife have a genuine interest in their children and their children’s friends.  They invite a small group of teens from their church over to their house every other week – yesterday was the day for that and my brother explained how he hated to cancel it just because they weren’t going to be home. So he didn’t. I am glad my brother isn’t afraid to freak me out, and I’m thankful God keeps me calm and trusting when I’m challenged.

Evan and I went shopping Saturday and got healthy snacks and he cleaned up the family room in preparation.  What a responsible guy! After church on Sunday, Evan and I got into the van and I sat waiting for the rest of the kids to come out and join us,  I didn’t realize they were already seated behind us until one of them asked me what i was waiting for.  What a quiet, well-behaved group! (this really happened).

At the house they had a great time cutting up apples and making hot chocolate. They spent half an hour eating and talking with each other, half ah hour listening to me talk about my experiences with teens in Cambodia, and half ah hour playing a game while waiting for their parents to pick them up.  They were respectful to me, kind and encouraging to each other and still looked like they were having a lot of fun.  What a refreshing look at today’s youth!

Getting ready to play Dutch Blitz
Getting ready to play Dutch Blitz
the game gets crazy...
the game gets crazy…

The family dog really misses my sister-in-law.  He is a lap dog and it’s almost like having a baby in the house – one that wants to be held all the time.  He is getting used to me though, as is the family cat.  This morning they were both giving me “the stare” as I started doing things in the kitchen.  The water bowl was empty and they seemed to know how to get someone to fill it.  As i said, the dog sleeps quietly all night on the bed with me, and yesterday he took me for a walk too.  What a sweet dog!

Scruffy, taking Aunt Shirley for a walk
Scruffy, taking Aunt Shirley for a walk
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More of what we saw on our walk, the dog and I.

It’s all good so far and I fully expect the rest of the week to go smoothly.  I suppose it’s partly a case of extra good behavior to go easy on Aunt Shirley, and that’s okay, but mostly I think it’s a blessed life that I’ve stepped into and get a chance to live in, for a few days.  What an interesting opportunity!

I love birch trees.
I love birch trees.
I love autumn.
I love autumn.
I really love autumn!
I really love autumn!
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I love this silhouette of a martin house against the sky!
I love water scenes.
I love water scenes.
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6 thoughts on “Someone Else’s Life

  1. The old farm is a magical place….or so it felt to me while I was there. Spending time with family made it even more so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts…

    • Yes I always marvel at the changes it has gone through as I walk around remembering my childhood there. A real heritage, having a family history that you can find out about and learn from…

  2. We are so glad to give you so much material to write about. If it weren’t for the picture we would think that maybe you were staying in the wrong house. Thank you so much for doing this for us, we are so blessed to have you for a sister and aunt. We love you!

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