Holly Miller blogs
Paws & Claws Mysteries
by Krista Davis
Do you have a big family that lives close by? My family is spread around the world. Mostly in the States, but my cousin Josh has travel fever and is always sending postcards from the most remote places. I live in Arlington, Virgina, just across the river from Washington, DC. It's a pretty hectic place My grandmother, whom I call Oma, German for grandma, lives on Wagtail Mountain, a little more than a six hour drive from my house.
I was at a very chic dinner with my boyfriend at his boss's vineyard when I received a desperate phone call from Oma's best friend, Rose. She told me to come as soon as I could. Naturally I left immediately, even though Ben was fairly put out with me for that. I took his car, which may not have been the best move because it meant his boss's daughter, Kim, would have to drive him back to Washington. Kim and her mother had their eyes on Ben all evening. Still, my Oma came first. I would never forgive myself if something happened to her or if she needed me, and I didn't go. After all, geographically speaking, I'm the closest to her. And I love her dearly.
Oma always provided a wonderful escape from my divorced parents. Every summer I spent school vacations with her at the Sugar Maple Inn. My cousin Josh, his best friend, Holmes, and I worked at the inn. Oma had us do everything. And she didn't differentiate between boys and girls when it came to work. But she made sure we had plenty of time for swimming in the lake and playing in the woods. Summers in Wagtail were my favorite part of the year.
Now that I'm headed for the Sugar Maple Inn again, I can't quite figure out why it's been so long since I was there. Have I really been too busy to visit my beloved Oma? Can it be that I've turned into a workaholic with little time for the meaningful things in life? I'm ashamed that it took a crisis for me to make the trip to Wagtail. I just hope Oma is okay. Rose sounded so desperate. She wouldn't have called if something wasn't terribly wrong.
How about you? Do you live close to your family and see them a lot? Or are they spread out like my family?
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