Monday, January 20, 2014
One Year Ago
One year ago, I numbly helped others with the annual Pinewood Derby. I held my elbow close to my chest and defended my left side fiercely from accidental bumps. This weekend, I enjoyed it as a spectator, still protecting the arm & jp drain, my youngest so incredibly proud of his 2nd place design trophy. Camouflage and guns win every time, and that's a paint style at his skill level! And it worked out perfectly that everyone in his den got a ribbon or trophy for speed or design.
One year ago, I sat in the Radiology waiting room of the local community hospital waiting for copies of mammograms and biopsies, and raged against the stupidity that I could not make an appointment at the Medical Mecca because it was MLK Day and the University folks were off for the holiday.
One year ago, I texted a few words to a friend, and had 3 girlfriends waiting when we got home. That is Girl Power! The text was "Rally. Where? Both +." She could translate exactly what I meant, and what I needed. And I have been held by my church and community ever since.
One year ago, we took our kids to Incredible Pizza as a treat for the afternoon, and failed miserably at reclaiming the day. They had a good time then, but haven't asked to go back, and I skipped that Groupon when I saw it again a month or so ago!
One year ago, I called my boss in tears, and she said "Take the time you need. We will still be here." It hasn't been without it's bumps dealing with FMLA and medical leaves, but it has ended up ok in the end. I may live in the land of "no work, no pay" but I still have a job to go back to.
One year ago, Tom held me and promised we were in this together. And he has been there every step of the way, working (hey, one of us has to!) and raising kids sometimes for the both of us. I love you. I need you. Thank you.
I can't wait to see what this year brings, since it has to be better than 2013!