I’m heading off toward the Heartland!

And when I get off the plane in Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow afternoon, both my brother and my sister will be there to greet me. And it will only be the second time ever in our lives that the three of us have all been together! We will stay in Nashville one day only, then drive to Illinois to visit our 90-year-old grandma and then we’ll circle around and visit our dad and step-mother in Kentucky.

Why the second time ever we’ve all been together? Well, it’s complicated, to say the least, and when I think about the particulars, I think, “Wow, how cool is it that we can all do this?” I met my sister for the first time when I was 21 years old. My parents were unmarried and gave her up for adoption before my brother and I were born. She’s only a couple of years older than me. Over the years, we’ve stayed in touch and became friends . . . and, well . . . sisters. My brother has lived in Texas for years and doesn’t surface from his Lone Star state too often. So this is a momentous occasion!