Every day since mid June, I have placed calls to England. My sister had a birthday June 24th and I wanted to make sure that she'd received her present and to wish her "Happy Birthday!". I was also excited that I would announce my September visit. For the usual reasons (time and money), it's been four years since I made it back to my native land. I have Aunts and cousins and my one and only sister. I never deliberately gave up on family and country, it just turned out that way.
My sister has a prickly personality. She's something of a self-styled hermit. She decided a while ago to no longer listen to phone messages and to only pick up the telephone when she felt like it.
Yesterday we spoke for the first time in several months. Her instant response was to tell me that two weeks is too long for her to have me as a house guest and I should make other plans.
I have to admit my feelings are hurt. It was a pretty big deal for me to scrape together the where-with-all to purchase a ticket and plan to be away for two whole weeks.
I have choices; I can tell her to go to hell and not visit her at all; I can pretend her behavior is normal, pay for bed and breakfast nearby and grovel for a time slot that is convenient to her; or....?
You tell me. What would you do?