My sister and I had not spent time together alone in a long time.
She was married with kids, and I was pursuing higher education outside the country.
But, despite the distance, we still kept a close bond. We still relied on each other through good and hard times like we had all our lives. Last summer, I came home to surprise her with a trip. Her husband and I had planned it out, and she knew nothing about it. I pulled up in her driveway with an RV and began blowing the horn. She came out running and was so shocked to see me. After greetings that involved a lot of screaming, her husband brought out her packed bags which she knew nothing about. Next, we had to pack a few essential items, which included some portable AC systems. The RV owner had advised me to bring some just in case there was a problem with the RV air conditioning unit. I planned to take us to some lovely countryside spots, and finding an AC repair person there would be tough. As we were packing, my sister was bawling out of control. She couldn’t believe we had planned a whole trip behind her back, and her husband had packed her bags without her noticing. After getting everything organized, her husband inspected the RV AC to be sure it was in good condition. He worked as an AC mechanic and knew what to look for in a functional air conditioner. The AC was good and had a new air filter, so the chances of shutting down were slimmer. Still, he insisted we have the portable AC units because the summer heat was extreme. After saying goodbye to the family, we set off on our trip and began exchanging lots of funny stories along the way.