Disappointment Is a Wonderful Feeling

Something unusual happened today. We’ve been married 36 years. That’s a long time. We are getting older. We’ve spent lots of time together. It’s easy to get used to things, to get used to each other. Ron comes home for lunch a couple of times each week. I don’t know when he’s coming or what…

Please. Be Kind.

I’ve debated about this post. But here goes… I’ve seen at least eight friends post about all the people they’ve seen out and about the past few days. Pictures of cars in parking lots. Complaints of all the folks they see at the grocery store. Criticism of drivers on the roads. Each of these posts…

Flowers

I can’t go in to see E; all long-term care facilities are on lockdown. Only medically necessary visits allowed. I can’t visit her, but I can brighten her day. A local grocer had large bunches of flowers for $5. They were half price 3-7 pm on Friday. I bought six bunches. A friend and I…

Priceless

I had a wonderful day with E! After fighting for a year to get family to let her live near me, she moved here in July. The transfer was hard at first. New apartment, new town, new staff, new friends, new routine. Then she broke her arm. The move is what she wanted, but it…

He Is Right. Again.

In the past couple of days I’ve received phone calls, messages, and texts from half a dozen women who need comfort, help, or love. Some of them I hadn’t heard from in months or years. I like them all. They are wonderful ladies. Here is a conversation between my husband and me: Me: It’s like…

Breathing Treatments. And Practical Love.

Day four of breathing treatments. I don’t have asthma, but since a short bout with pneumonia ten years ago, when I get a respiratory infection I need breathing treatments. It rarely happens, but when I do get this kind of sick, it can be scary. I have one now. I’ve had it since Sunday night.…

Five Years

I’m in Denver for a few weeks with a loved one. She needs my help right now. She’s been ill and is in a rehab hospital. I’ve been here four of the last six weeks. I’ll be here for weeks at a time the next few months. I am here by myself. This is going…

Love One Another, Even When It’s Inconvenient

I have been in Chattanooga the past couple of weeks studying 1 Peter. The book is all about suffering for “doing what is right.” I had a chance to see my ugly heart last night. I don’t like suffering – read this as “I don’t like being inconvenienced in any way.” #firstworldproblems. A new family…