It was been a very, very trying summer for us, not totally without joy, but we have really taken quite a few gut-wrenching hits.
Two of the hardest ones -- our four-year old grandson tripped and fell onto a fire pit. Although our son quickly grabbed him and got him to cool water almost immediately, Tyler suffered second and third degree burns on his face, neck, and hands. He was air-lifted to Bloomberg's Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital where he remained for several weeks under the care of angels in the form of nurses. He continues to improve, and believe it or not, his scars are minimal. He's quite a trooper.
Then, the first week of June, my mother had a stroke which has left her, a woman who still took care of her own finances -- and did so expertly, who walked three times a day and still argued politics and discussed current events -- needing assisted living. She can walk with assistance, but does not have the use of her arm. Cognitively she is good. Now we are faced with some very big changes that we will make regardless of our readiness, regardless of our liking.
Since June we have lost more than several close friends. It's just been one of those times.
These times of intense difficulty and grief occur in all our lives. And in spite of them, we must continue to find the joys; they are always there even though we must sometimes search for them -- the laughter of children, the kindness of strangers, conversations with friends, "the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night..."
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.