My brother and sister-in-law are set to leave on Sunday. I am trying to not be too sad about it right now so I can enjoy them while they are here. I can't say how lucky I feel to have such a good relationship with my brother and his wife. We can easily live under the same roof without incident. Usually when people go to visit family and stay with them, there comes a time when you are just ready to go home or to have your guests go home, so everyone can go back to having their own space, with their own routines. 1 1/2 weeks is just not enough to get to that place with my brother.
Before they moved to Canada, they stayed with us for about a month due to the sale of their house, the timing of work schedules and the close of their house in Victoria. I know they were sad to leave, but also excited to move on to their new adventure. Perhaps a month was the visiting limit, because they finally said that futon really wasn't all that comfortable. (Which of course helped in my case of getting rid of it!)
Last night Jenny and I both went to bed as soon as we got back from a BBQ at a friend's house, but Eric and my brother stayed downstairs. As I went upstairs I could hear them quietly cheering and groaning, along with the clicking of the Playstation2 controller. Around 1am I woke up to hear the music of the game, but could hear them talking. A few hours later... still talking. Right before my alarm went off, I woke up, feeling refreshed so I knew it was getting to be dawn and I laid there quietly. I didn't feel for Eric in the bed, but I could hear the click, click, click, of the game controller downstairs. I went downstairs to find Eric VERY awake intensely staring at the glowing screen.
Turns out my brother had only gone to bed an hour earlier. They were up almost all night talking and around 3am, they went back to the game. I know I should just be grateful that Eric and my brother get along so well and they truly enjoy each other's company, but all I can think of is..."What the hell were they talking about?"
** Boy talk update**- of course I was hoping my brother was giving Eric a marriage pep-talk, but turns out they were talking about religion, the afterlife, and how everyone has such different levels of compassion especially towards animals. Which then turned to the thoughts of vegetarianism, and on down that road. So amazingly, not boring guy talk.