Happy Birthday Kelsey!

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Earlier in the week, my great-granfather passed away. The funeral was scheduled for 8:30 am, Friday, December 3. That corresponded with two other things: 1) Kelsey's birthday, and 2) a show in Berkley, MA. Kelsey and I decided that it would be best if I went to go be with my family for the funeral, and Kelsey would manage doing our job by herself. Yikes.

So, that's exactly what we did. My brother came and picked me up after our school on Thursday, and drove me up to my parents' house for Thursday night. Kelsey, meanwhile, drove to our hotel in Seekonk. Fortunately, if you've been following the blogs this semester, you'd find that we've been to Seekonk a number of times. So it was not an unfamiliar drive or hotel for Kelsey. She kept her mind off of being alone that night by shopping in Kohl's and reading a few letters I had written that afternoon.

Friday morning came and had us both waking up early for our respective responsibilities. The funeral for my great-grandfather was a wonderful experience, and my family enjoyed my being there. They were also impressed with Kelsey taking on the job by herself. She was fantastic, of course. We knew from the information we had that she'd be setting up in a middle school gymnasium, so she'd have lots of space, and that student council would be helping her. Of course... "student council" in a middle school usually means 5 tiny girls and 1 boy. In this case, it meant about 20 tiny girls. No boys. Many hands make light work, but tiny hands seems to make more work.

Hah, but no, Kelsey managed well. No equipment broke, no Kelsey broke, and no children were harmed in the making of this assembly. Kelsey even had 15 minutes to spare. Good job, Kelsey!

Because we were so fortunate to be in Massachusetts on this day, Kelsey was able to drive up to meet my family for lunch after her show. After we were all fed, but before we left, my uncle gave us money to eat out that night--specifically, at Romano's Macaroni Grill. Our favorite restaurant! How convenient! What was even more convenient was that the restaurant was a mere half-mile away from our Candlewood Suite in Burlington, MA.

Thanks, Uncle David, for dinner! It was fantastic, and Kelsey got a free dessert!

So, Kelsey's birthday started by her waking up in Knight's Inn by herself and doing a show by herself with the "help" of about 20 tiny middle school girls. It ended with lunch with family, and dinner at our favorite chain closeby to our favorite hotel. Not a bad way to wrap up a full 25 years of life :)
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