Once Grandma and Grandpa's new business was cleared off the table and put away, I started showing everyone how to fold the little silver slips of paper into birds. I figured that it would be better to keep it simple and have everyone fold the same animal.
With so many people, it went pretty quickly. Grandma and Grandpa had a hard time of it, but Dad and Sam did pretty well, and we even convinced Joe to put down his book and come over and help us. We were getting close to the end of our pile of papers when a knock came at the door.
Sam went and answered the door. From the kitchen I could just barely see that it was Rex and his little brother Jared.
"Oh, hi Jared," said Sam, "what brings you here?"
Jared seemed surprised to see Sam as well. "Oh, hi Sam," he said, "I didn't know you lived here. We're just here to pick up Lynn." He looked in and said hi to Joe.
"Rex, is that you?" I called from the other room.
"Yeah, it's me," he said, coming in. "And I've brought my little brother with me who seems to already know the household."
"These guys go to my school," said Jared. "Hi Lynn, nice to see you again."
"Hi Jared," I said. "What's up? You're hanging out with Rex today?"
"Oh, he comes with the car," said Rex. "Mom and Dad wouldn't let me borrow it unless I agreed to take this guy too."
"It's my car," said Jared. "Mom and Dad bought it for me to drive."
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"And he can't possibly be bothered to bum rides off his older sisters in their car for three days," said Rex. "So I figured that since our hotel has a pool, I'd bring him along and we could all go for a swim. Maybe we could bring your friends along, too," he said to Jared. "I think there's room to fit everyone in the car if we squeeze."
"Great!" said Jared.
"Cool, yeah," said Sam and Joe, running off to get their swimsuits.
"Actually, could you go ahead without me?" I asked. "We're almost done folding these origami birds for my sister's centerpieces, and I wanted to help Grandma arrange them in the bouquets. I have a room key, and Dad can drop me off at the hotel in an hour or so."
"Okay," said Rex, and he and the three boys got in the car and left.
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