Do I talk about the hospital rooms many hours were spent in, waiting for my
father-in-law to get better? The hours driving back and forth to town, hoping
that today was the day his fever would cease or that today was the day we would
have answers? The shuffling of children and their activities and their
Or do I cut to the chase, and let you know that Bob is home, beginning the
slow recuperation of someone who has been at the hospital for 2 weeks. The
regaining of strength and energy. The healing of a kidney, burned by radio waves
to remove cancer. The slow leak of color back into his face.
Over here, life is at a stand-still. Over there, life flows on. Costumes must
be planned. A baseball game is played. A trip to College Station, groceries
bought, piano lessons, church activities, six-weeks tests.
There really is no proper place to begin, no definite ending. It all slides
together, eases from one reality to the next.
I cannot recall the last time I was this thrilled that Friday has finally rolled around. Long, long week.
To recap: *Jon's dad was put in the hospital, thinking perhaps a kidney stone. *While eating lunch with Jon, learned Janie wasn't feeling well and "called the emergency." *A particular volunteer position is sucking the life force right out of my happy place. The drama! The angst! *Baby J was on the verge of imploding in school. Grades were plummeting. *Meetings with teachers to determine cause/course of action *Bob did not have a kidney stone, and several days of not knowing. Seems to be a kidney infection. *PTO meeting, church meeting, JLCC meeting *Already scheduled appointment with Baby J's neurosurgeon *Orthodontist appointment for Payne (really - he has no teeth. What is there to check on?) *Nephew's football game
Plus all the other stuff that fills my hours and days and weeks: the mom stuff, the taxi-driving, the farm stuff, the baseball stuff, the Jon stuff, etc. It just added up this week.
This is a picture from our vacation this summer. Not a particularly outstanding photo, this one is. But it does remind me of how quickly the boys have grown and changed. Jackson's face does not look a thing like this anymore due to braces.