Evening light trickling through the mild air. Feeling contemplative and a bit defensive. D less bothered by his older brother than I am, mostly I suspect because he hit a few of the old aches from my father. Not to lessen his difficulties with the guy, but when it's a father it's ground in deeper, if only because I was more dependent on a father. And anyone who treats D badly, is, in my view, Not A Very Nice Person At All. Which brings out the protective bulldog in me.
Rather uncomfortable, his "teasing" off base, self justified, niggling, self pitying, dumping half the blame elsewhere. His current wife commented that he still teased his brothers, and when he said "What kind of a big brother would I be if I didn't?" I whispered to D, "a good one." D smiled at me. Current wife seems a good egg, if not terribly interesting.
Strangely, everyone in the family has a cat or two, save only one who's spouse is allergic.
We ran away when we could, and will cook and welcome people tomorrow, if anyone shows up. We are not, for certain, expecting anyone. So, it will be food that is easily prepared and heated up. This is the sort of hosting we do pretty well, casual to the point of somnolent.
I can think of no higher praise than that someone feels comfortable enough to nap on our sofa.