I found out today that the in-laws are coming in from Ohio to stay with us during Christmas. They are staying 7 days. On my sofa. I get along with my in-laws, but I have a limit of patience with house-guests, and that limit is four days. So I am bracing for those three extra days.
The in-laws are from New Orleans but have lived in Ohio some 15+ years. They swear they’ll never move back. Here’s my response to that:
Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes, than to own the whole state of Ohio.
This was written about New Orleans by Lafcadio Hearn, a nineteenth century author who lived in and wrote about New Orleans for about a decade, to a friend (H.E. Krehbiel) back in Cincinnati in 1880.
Now I have a whole lot more to do in a lot less time. Did I mention their 20 year old daughter is coming too? She’ll be on our over-sized chair/sleeper in the den along with her parents.