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  • Kathy is a person of action. All I have to do is mention something to her, and before I know it, it magically appears. Like the long out of print book, “2150”, which I once mentioned to her, and next thing I knew, it was a present – she had found it somewhere out there in the universe, and purchased it for me. That one got left on the Metro at some point, many years ago. More recently, mentioning it again, next thing I know, it shows up as a Valentine’s Day gift.

    Over the past several days, the game that Noelle has most enjoyed playing with me, as we’ve spent many hours together, endlessly watching the Lion King and Tangled, while playing games and just talking about any and every thing under the sun, is monopoly. It was her idea to play it in the first place, and the way she just lights up each and every time we break that game out of its box, is just priceless. Better than passing GO, better than landing on Free Parking. It just fascinates her, and she loves to play it with me.
  • Our time here is winding down, now. We’ll be helping with visits to the hospital today and tomorrow, then on Friday, we’ll journey back south to our home in Virginia. I was thinking, after morning quiet time this morning – it actually occurred to me during quiet time – that Noelle needed a Monopoly game of her own, so when they move back into their house next week, she’ll still have monopoly to play. I was looking online to see what kind of kid versions they had of the game, when I came across the Disney Princess Edition of Monopoly Junior. She’s into the whole princess thing, big time, like most of her cousins were at her age. I’d heard the other day that when she’s ready to go for surgery, after the chemo and possible radiation treatments shrink the tumor to an operable size, the nurses and aunts may show up dressed as Disney Princesses. So I mentioned it to Kathy.

    That’s all it took. Turns out, it’s become a bit of a collector’s item. It wasn’t easy. But she found an affordable game, still new, that will be delivered to Noelle’s Mimi and Honey Bunny #1’s house tomorrow (that’s Noelle-speak for Grandma and Grandpa, where she’s currently living while her house gets fixed up. On our walk, I was informed that I had made the Honey Bunny list – I am now officially Honey Bunny #25!)

    Her own Monopoly game – Disney Princess Edition. Something to remind her of the 2 ½ days we got to hang out and become honey-bunny buds, during a time when her whole world was turned upside down.
  • I’ve really grown fond of that little girl. I’m really going to miss her when we go back home. I’m so glad we did this instead of Disney World, Spring Training Baseball games, sunshine and relaxation. This was a more sustainable way to spend a vacation week. That was a getaway. This is life. Roll the dice. Move your piece. Pay the bank. Collect $200. Go to Jail. Use your Get Out of Jail Free Card. Visit your friends in Jail. Buy the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pay the rent.

    I can only imagine what delights await in the Disney Princess Edition!

    (Pictured - friends came by with presents, including a book with many stickers. My face appeared to be a fun place to put some of the stickers. Meet Sticker Pete. You can see how thrilled I was! Noelle was tickled. Ya do what ya gotta do!)
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