The day of the party finally arrived. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole thing but I had too much to do to care.
I spent the morning baking. Cookies, pies, cakes, everything.
I had a helper in the kitchen for once.
“Is that whole pie for you?”
“Why wouldn’t it be, Penny?”
“Go upstairs and change into your Christmas sweater.”
“I’d rather eat the pie…”
I ran upstairs to change and get Harper ready. Then it was time to rearrange the furniture. Again.
I ran upstairs to grab Harper and when I came back my living room was full.
Adam and Hannah stopped by briefly but of course his daughters were both sick and they had to leave after saying their hellos.
Everyone came. Everyone.
Dylan was not pleased about his sweater and he pouted in the corner until it was time to open gifts.
Luckily everyone got what they wanted. I still can’t figure out who is giving me the chess tables but I’ve gotten at least three a year since I was a child.
After dinner I sat at the table and watched my family. I had missed them more than I thought. It’s true I ran away from them when they were hurting too but they didn’t reach out to me either. Perhaps it was time to let bygones be bygones.
“Harper is a doll, Penn. Why didn’t you tell us about her?”
“I couldn’t, Mom. Hell, even Xander doesn’t know about her.”
“Don’t you think you should tell him?”
“Of course not! That ass is a liar and doesn’t need to be involved in Harper’s life.”
“Don’t rule it out so soon, dear.”
“Aw, come on! You’re gonna kick your old man’s ass like that?”
“Hell yeah I am!”
I had to interrupt my dad’s ass whooping to grab the phone.
“Hello? Oh. Well, my family is here but I can always just pawn them off on my brother. Ok. Where? I’ll be there in about an hour.”
I dropped my parents at Adam’s and left Linzy with the mess while I went out with Peter for a Christmas date.