My apologies. An erratic WiFi connection prevented me from updating further during the Thanksgiving trip.
Though no verse has leapt to mind to memorialize the excursions to Big Bend, it was a lovely time. There was some very good hiking, the complaining by either teenage Offspring was relatively slight, and Offspring the Third did his very best to remain a Good Sport at all times. Herself actually got to see her Beloved for much more time than usual, which is always beneficial. She also prepared a full-fledged Thanksgiving Feast despite the confines of the tiny kitchen of the camper-trailer. Brava to her.
Everyone does appear to be relieved to be back home again. Accustomed as they are to a larger amount of personal space than that afforded by the camper-trailer, they all dispersed quickly to their individual areas in the house. Now they are gearing up for the few more weeks of school before the Christmas break. I look forward to trimming the tree, preparing muffins for friends, and enjoying a few of the pleasures of the season.
Dad update: comfortably numb
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