as mother remains at the beach with her friends, hubby and i flew to orlando today to visit my sister-in-law (or, as i prefer to say, my sister-in-love), nancy, and take her out to lunch and most importantly: SHOPPING!

this time with mother is so precious. i want to know her at a deeper level. i want to know myself at a deeper level. there are so many questions i want to ask . . . if only i could articulate them.

today was filled with nancy’s repetitive questions:

do you like me?
am i a good girl?
i’m pretty good all by myself, right?

as i answered her questions for the umpteenth time, i realized that nancy’s questions are the best, most important questions of all: simple questions about things we long to know but are too afraid to ask.