Observations from -- indeed, in the midst of -- the Matron's 48 hour whirlwind trip to Marshall and back.
1. There is Little League everywhere. These fields are always sweet.
2. Hotel lobbies have computers with internet access!
3. She's still the poor sibling (thanks for all the meals and hotel rooms and she means it!)
4. Stryker is the kind of child who will do this: rise at 6:30 am and participate in a Kid's Trialthon, even though he is riding somebody else's big adult bike and has only packed Heelies for shoes and hasn't much swimming experience and couldn't sleep, thus getting only about 5 hours of zzzzz's -- he will do this because his beloved Auntie is the YMCA Director and she set it all up and asked if he wanted to and he loves her. He is a total trooper that way and in all others.
5. Scarlett is not.
6. The weekend manager at the Matron's hotel has had died 5 people die or go missing within the past 2 1/2 months! He lost one former employee to drinking and driving; another to mysterious seizures; a third friend wandered away in May and hasn't returned; and then there's the 10 year old child. Not that the Matron said hello to this man in a friendly, off-hand, "I am passing you in the hallway and therefore will say hello" sort of way, and then was trapped, listening for a very very very long long while! (he's also worked at Burger King for 15 years as a second job and sometimes delivers pizza. he has pets, too, but she will stop here).
7. It is possible to wear the same camoflauge pants, blue-striped long-sleeved shirt, red sweatband and silver police badge for 4 days straight. This would not be the Matron.
8. Even toddlers on meth can have lovely speed-vacations.