The phone rings at 11PM. Oh no, is someone in trouble? As a name flashes across the screen, I reach for the device & feel the impending doom. Take a deep breath. Press the green button that is destined to ruin my night.
Relief, wondrous, relief, as I discover that the caller is actually my beloved night owl, niece. I spend the next 150 minutes talking to this young wife, mother, nurse & lover of all things family. I cherish these late night talks, a mixture of deep thought, “auntly” advice, friendship & laughs. Don’t ever stop reaching out to me.