I was very sad to leave Austin today. It was especially hard to say goodbye to my little niece who really bonded with Holly and me. There were actual tears. Which is nice, actually, because it means we had a genuine instant connection – and there is now a new person in each of our lives whom we love.
Still, doggie and I were sad. But when we got home to Houston and opened the door, there was a surprise inside. Not only did my friends help me buy a beautiful vintage carousel horse from a Galveston estate sale while I was away, but they brought Horsie and put it inside my house for me to find when I returned. And so, I feel really happy at the end of what was an intense few days. I have a new bond with my little niece and I have a new horsie – which actually happens to be very old. I wish she could tell me stories of all the places she’s been and the people she’s met.