Neither Gary’s nor my families are spread out very far. Most of Gary’s family is in Indiana and the Midwest where he grew up and most of my family is in Michigan and the Midwest where I grew up. But there is the occasional “stray” such as Gary’s niece who we visited in Birmingham, Alabama and who will soon be graduating with her nursing degree – and moving back with the rest of the clan in Indiana. Here in Texas, it was my turn. I have a cousin , Marla, who lives just north of Houston. We drove down there on Sunday and all went out for what else – an Italian dinner. I hadn’t seen her in a number of years so it was good to catch up.