Napoleon And Josephine

What a wonderful ending to an otherwise hectic Saturday.

My mother-in-law and father-in-law belong to the Central Florida Rose Society. At their last meeting they portrayed Napoleon (although “portrayed” is probably a generous description of what my father-in-law did, since he simply stood with his right hand resting inside his shirt over his stomach) and Josephine, as my mother-in-law gave a talk about the famous couple and roses. This link does a fairly good job, I think, of explaining that connection for those of us who may not be familiar with it.

They left Orlando this morning on the first leg of a road trip to Minnesota to visit family, pulling their pop-up trailer and accompanied by their two “Westies”, Annie and Fannie. Around 4:30 this afternoon my father-in-law called me to let me know they were staying at a campground in McDonough, GA, about 30 miles south of where I’m at in Atlanta, and asking if I could join them for dinner at the Cracker Barrel off exit 218 in McDonough.

Of course I could!

I drove down after getting off work at 5:30 and it was SO good to see them. I think I’ve expressed my love and admiration for my in-laws in previous posts. I always tell Cindy that if we ever get divorced…I get her parents!!

We had a great time visiting. I was truly touched that they would plan to make their first stop near me so we could get together. That’s something even Cindy didn’t do when she and Rebecca drove up to our mountain property last weekend (though admittedly with good reason), so you can see how special my in-laws made me feel.

After eating, talking, laughing and visiting for almost 2 hours, it was time to say goodbye. We hugged each other, talked some more and then hugged again, finally saying our final farewells. My in-laws are two of my most favorite people in the world, and it really made my day, hell my week, to get to spend some time with them while I am away from home.

So a big “thank you” to the Emperor and the power behind the throne; Napoleon and Josephine.

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I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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3 Responses to Napoleon And Josephine

  1. Rebecca says:

    Hey Big Guy, I told herself that I would be happy to drive her to Atlanta instead of Savannah and left that decision to her. Don’t shoot the chauffer.

  2. Cindy says:

    I am glad you got to spend some time with them. I know how much they miss you too.

  3. AnnMarie says:

    Awww what a super nice thing for them to do. I am glad you got to spend some time with them 🙂

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