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"Why don't you come to St. Louis and visit me?" My sister asked. "I am having surgery for my back in the middle of the month, but I don't have anything to do between Easter and the surgery. If you fly, I can pick you up at the airport."

That might be fun, I thought, but I'm too busy to go. Wait. I'm retired now. Why not? "Can I stay for a week?" I asked. It isn't worth flying for less than a week. Usually we drive when I go, but my car is getting old and so am I.

"Sure," she said, "We can make plans and do girl stuff."

"Sounds fun, can we get pedicures and massages and go somewhere to see pretty flowers?"

"We could go to a botanical garden. There should be something in bloom by then."

I checked flight schedules online. All the flights were 5 or 6 hours. I see now why we drive. They go via Atlanta or Indianapolis -- not exactly a direct flight. I'll try Southwest: One hour and 10 minutes direct. Costs a little more, but worth it.

My sister has a very busy life. I could not imagine her having nothing to do for a week.

"I have to take some pies to the church on Friday after the airport for the Lenten luncheon. We can stay if you want to." "On Friday night, we are having a Jesus Christ Superstar sing-along at church, and we're definitely going." Check. Friday's book is full.

"I am on a waiting list for a women's retreat on Saturday," she said. "If they have an opening, you could go too. I went last year and it was fun. I know you would like it." She checked and there were some cancellations. "We are in," she wrote. That takes care of Saturday.

Sunday is Easter. Maybe after church we can do something else. She suggested a play, ("I almost got free tickets, but someone else got there first.") or lunch at Pierre Marquette State Park. I don't think we would have time to make it to the Fox after church anyhow.

"On Monday I have a pre-surgery appointment at the hospital. You can go with me or wait at home. It is early so we can do something else afterwards."

On Tuesday, no plans, but she has "free tickets for a special exhibit at the Art Museum." Tuesday could be a good day to do that.

"On Wednesday, there is a lunch group for retired teachers." Okay, I can lunch with the teachers.

"On Thursday, there is a dinner with my educators' sorority. " Okay dinner Thursday. Check.

"On Friday, we can have lunch with Linda and Mary." Linda and Mary are friends of hers that we traveled with when we went to Egypt. It will be nice to see them.

"I'm trying to think of some other things we can do," my sister told me. "Maybe we can go to St. Charles. There is a mall there with some cute shops or we could go to lunch at a tea room." Other things? We need other things to do?

Saturday, I fly back home. "I wish you could stay a few days longer," she said. "It seems like the calendar filled up too fast."

But I have an appointment with the dentist for a root canal when I get home and need to get my taxes mailed. With her surgery and my dental work, that week will be the last hurrah for both of us -- for a while, at least.

As I said before, my sister has a really busy life and is always going somewhere. Hope I can keep up with her.

I'm really glad she had no plans and nothing to do that week. Wonder what a busy week is like?


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