As I begin to type, rain is pouring from the dark sky. I can hear it popping up from our black-top parking area and I love the idea that all will be clean and fresh after the storm passes. I’ve been in bed all day and it has been a day of memories raining through my brain. Some of the memories are begging to be captured and written down. Some of the memories are like thunder and lightning; they are here for the brief jolt and then the memory fades.
The adventures I want to share were big events for me. Seeing Fleetwood Mac play has always been a dream of mine. I was able to see them in concert on December 8th with my life-long friend, Lori. The concert was awesome and I could share so much about that experience. The truth is, the experience was more about who I was with for the event! We had an amazing time just talking and being together. She is one of the few people who knows there was a husband #1 before husband #2. At one point in our conversation, she asked, “I wonder whatever happened to good ol’ Bob?” It made me smile because she knows and remembers the young me and I remember the young Lori.
Staying in Newport the week before Christmas was the next big adventure. This was our family Christmas time together. We had a great room that had a harbor view. Watching the boats in the bay was wonderful. Experiencing the boat parade was on my wish-list and that made the stay perfect for me. However, the trip was about who was there and sharing the experience together. Important conversations came up during that time and emotions were shared.
Warner Bros Studio was the next big adventure. Brianna gave me this trip as a Christmas present! She made sure it would be an easy trip for me. The tour is mostly done in a shuttle. When there was walking, I had my walker. I enjoyed seeing the sets, but again it was about sharing the adventure. Bree and I have spent hours watching Friends and Gilmore Girls. To see the sets with her, took us down memory-lane and gave us a gift of all the times we have solved world issues on the couch as we watched these shows! We both have great ideas for saving the world!
As it continues to rain, both outside and the raining of memories in my head, I know the importance of family and friends. Being on the cancer/hospice journey without the help of family and friends would be extremely difficult. I am so thankful to all of you. I am moving at a slower pace and don’t always respond in a timely matter, but I am treasuring each of you and your outreaching to me. I guess this a good place to give an update on my health:
I have slowed down and use a walker now. Using oxygen is a big part of my life now. The mass at my rib is growing outward and I am really bloated everywhere. There is a new mass on my throat and it is growing toward the rib. Texting is easier than phone calls for me. I am still in good spirit, and I am thankful for every moment and for every adventure. Life is still filled with possibilities!!!