|celebrate with Ruth Ayres and friends on Saturdays (or Sundays)|
Sunday | I got to spend a day at the lake with my husband, my dad, his partner Jane, and her mom Dulce.
Monday | I had the surreal experience of participating in a Choice Literacy writing retreat. I was completely out of my comfort zone and felt like I was growing for the first time in years.
|me, tucked away to get some writing done|
Tuesday | Mark discovered a restaurant near the lake that we hadn’t tried. We were able to convince Jane and Dulce to go out with us and indulge for a night of fun and great food.
|Jane and Dulce|
Wednesday | Mark and I agreed to stay at the lake and watch over the house, the dog, and Dulce while Jane visited her friends in the city. I was a bit nervous about the responsibility, but I was confident Jane’s mom would not give us a hard time the way she does Jane. I was wrong. This is a day for gritty celebration. Although Dulce was more than a handful because of her attitude and condition, I was able to spend some moments enjoying stories from her childhood in Cuba.
|Donii, Jane and Dad's adorable dog|
Thursday | The trying experience of caring for Dulce allowed me to share some insight with Jane and my dad. This is sparking improved conversations about the care she needs, and will ultimately lead to a better situation for all of them.
Friday | My friend Kate’s mom passed away. She was suffering from COPD and her health suddenly declined. My heart aches for Kate, who lost her dad within the last year as well. This weekend I will join Kate in celebrating the life of her mom—a life for which I am deeply grateful. Kate’s mom has made her who she is and made it possible for Kate to be such a positive force in my life. Kate’s experience is also a reminder to celebrate the health and lives of all those I love.
|Kate with our friend Kathie|
Saturday | This morning I got to take my niece to see The Fault in Our Stars movie. Usually, our nieces and their friends come to the lake with us each summer. This summer, because of Dulce’s condition, it is not going to be possible. Because I won’t be giving them swag bags containing books (and other goodies) to pass time at the lake, Kadie recently requested some summer reading suggestions. As soon as she finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Kadie texted me. We made plans to see the movie together when I got back from the lake if she hadn’t already gone with friends. I was thrilled when she texted me to say she wanted me to take her. Even better than the shared experience of the movie, was the conversation in the car.