Melissa Stagnaro

I’m having a hard time concentrating today. And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that the forecast is calling for sunny skies and temps in the upper 70’s. In other words, perfect for golf.

Normally that might be cause for distraction, but I’ve already settled that issue by way of a late afternoon tee-time with my Dad at Blue Stone.

No, I’m antsy because the Tennessee branch of the Stagnaro clan – comprised of my big brother Dennis, his wife Lisa and the lovely Madison June-bug – is headed North for a visit. I’m practically jumping up and down with glee.

The drive is a long one from their home just North of Chattanooga – 15 hours of so depending on traffic, construction, average speed, hunger pains and bladder capacity. They planned to leave early this morning, but I have yet to have their actual departure confirmed. My fingers are crossed that they are already en route. If they did in fact set off on time, they may even make it here by tonight. It’s a slim chance, but I’m clinging to it for all I’m worth.

It seems like it has been ages since I’ve seen them. Sure, they were here for Christmas, but I spent much of the time working and their visit just flew by. My fingers are crossed that I’ll get a little more time with them this trip.

I’ve already got big plans to take Maddie to the drive-in over in Unadilla, and there’s talk of going to a Binghamton Mets game. (Baseball is always a crowd-pleaser in my family.) There will no doubt be a night or two around the campfire, with Dennis strumming away on his guitar. Maybe a bit of shopping for the ladies, or even a night out on the town.

It doesn’t matter what we do, really. As long as I get to spend as much quality time as possible with my brother and his family over the next 7 or 8 days.

It will go by entirely too fast, I know. All too soon the house will return to its normal, all-too-quiet state. And we’ll be counting down the days once more, in anticipation of their next visit.

How I miss them when they’re gone.

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