The whole family is in town for picture-taking, shared dinners and general hoohawing. Tonight, when we gathered at Sam and Sarah's house, Rian, who used to live with us, told everyone that when she woke up, I would be standing next to the bed staring down at her.
"It was so creepy," she said. "And I'd find bags of M&Ms in my room. How many M&Ms can I eat?"
Immediately, those near and dear to me shouted outrage at my ghoulish behavior.
Even Tom showed alarm: "I didn't know you did that. Do we need to talk?"
Then Spencer, who must have been a witness for the prosecution, said, "I know! Anne told me on our fifth date that she would wake up to Louise staring down at her!"
Well, not every night. But I did wander in sometimes in the morning to see if they had come in at night, and cover a wayward foot with a blanket.
And think how embarrassing it was for me to have them wake up. What could I say? "I've been standing here all night waiting for you to wake up."
So now I'm the creepy grandmother.