Saturday, June 21, 2014
Traveling home from Texas
See that smile on her face? It's real. She spent 3 years caring for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer and the final year was very hard. Of course she got tired...she is human. But she cheerfully and lovingly cared for him when it was bad, and took him traveling when it was good. My bro-by-marriage loved to travel and loved his family, and when he could, they traveled.
When it became clear that she would need to spend a lot of time at Mom and Dad's from now on, she planted flowers among other things. She wanted to enjoy the things here that she will not be able to enjoy at her own house for a while. Like me, she has a second set of everything at their house now, along with a few "spares" just in case. Last night, my last night there until I go back in two weeks, we sat out on that deck and talked about what the future holds, however long that future is, embracing it and the opportunities it will bring. (Come on, what other option is there? We are not Pollyannas, but to be in the opportunity instead of the circumstances is such a gift.)
My auntie G had been there earlier, but she drove up again, with a freshly baked banana pudding--the kind you make from scratch. She is an awesome cook, and she knows Dad loves banana pudding.
I have a few photos and stories from the trip, and have not forgotten the follow up story about Mr. Dent. All in good time over the next few weeks...all in good time.