Thursday November 22 2018


Waking up at 9:20 a.m. Ana, mom, and I pack up the purple station wagon and hit the road down to Grimseland, North Carolina, about a 2.5 hour drive.


Sharing Granola Bars for breakfast with Irish Breakfast Tea.

Arriving at Aunt Delores’s house for Thanksgiving festivities. Dad’s here too along with Aunt Pansy, Peter, Tammy and her family, Ashley and her little boy, Matthew. Everyone chipped in to bring all the food items like turkey, ham, collard greens, broccoli, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, etc. And not to mention all the pies – so many pies to choose from: pumpkin, apple, pecan, applesauce cake, seven layer chocolate cake.

The little boy Matthew begs to play outside with the football – he seems to take a liking to me. Later on, we strum the guitar and play the keyboard to familiar sing-a-long tunes.

Meanwhile, the males are lounging in the living room with Fox Sports on the television showing a Cowboys Vs Redskins game. I don’t get to talk to my dad too much but I plan on coming back for Christmas to hang out with just him and I.

Ana, mom, and I have to hit the road again to begin our mountain journey north. Ana takes the wheel first and braves the intricate directions of back roads to get us up through Lynchburg. She gets stressed out too easily when driving at night on unfamiliar terrain.


I take the wheel for the second half. We manage to spot a reindeer (with antlers and everything), a doe (a female deer), and horse/carriage Amish couple.


After 4.5 hours we make it to The Cabins at Crabtree Falls deep in the mountains between Lynchburg and Charlottesville.  I rented us a cabin that fits us perfectly. My car’s transmission barely gets us up the steep hills.

Mom is still struggling with this lump on her lower neck. It’s not as painful as it was the first time she discovered it but it’s still there causing her discomfort and concern. There’s not much we can do until she sees the doctor on Monday with the results from her test. So we try to stay positive.

Sleep at 3 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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