This year we participated in four vacations – those of daughters Lise and Kate and grandsons David and Nathaniel. We stayed at home, and all the fun and excitement came to us.

The first evening David spotted a box that had come for Lise. Knowing he was famous for squeezing into tight spaces, I wasn’t surprised that he headed for it. He was inside it in no time.

The next morning Lise and I headed for the creek. It’s traditional for a photo to be taken at the creek on the first walk of a visit. Both creek and daughter posed for me.

It was as good a time as any for a selfie.

As I write this, we are waiting for Kate and Nathaniel to get here from her home in New Jersey. It’s a grueling 12-hour drive. She is much, much braver than I am.