First of all, I want to celebrate my beautiful, smart, and hard-working sister for finally being discharged from the hospital. She has earned it! Every time I went to see her she was stretching, working on range of motion, in her wheelchair instead of her bed, or strengthening her muscles. She makes me proud, and inspires me to work harder.
Now, onto discussing last weekend’s activities!
Easter is many things to many people. For Christians it is a time to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, for others it is a time to enjoy festive bunnies and eggs, or a combination of both, or for some just a Sunday. Above all, this day is a day meant to be spent in love, reflection, and thankfulness. Our family has celebrated Easter a variety of different ways, but has always included time with family. Our holidays look different now… Holidays for our family are hard now. They are a time when we can physically feel the emptiness of celebrations of the past. Fortunately, for us, we were able to experience love and a sense of belonging this Easter. We’ve been left with an amazing set of family, and friends that have helped to take care of not only our physical needs, but also are emotional ones.
When we arrived we saw sidewalk chalk, Easter decorations, and a couple of smiley kids to welcome us. We had a late lunch filled with excellent prime rib, ham, potatoes, egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, cake, and many other delicatessens. We all miss fresh, home made food!
Jeremy took off a little early to make sure he got back to Cheney before nightfall. He was home on spring break for a little over a week, and it was really nice to see him. He came by the hospital here a few times, and he came to Pushing Boundaries once to watch me in therapy. I tried to make him proud. 🙂
He also escorted JaimO up to her apartment to deal with, I do believe, the fish tank. But with Jaime, I just never know.
After our late lunch I propped myself on the couch out of my chair. The temptation of an empty chair was just too alluring for my friend Heather, who as a child found herself at Safeway spending her entire allowance attempting to claim the teddy bear by means of crane from the toy machine. And, to her credit, she was quite good at it. I’m sure that Tony the Tiger stuffed animal was worth the $782 spent on it. So she popped on and away she went.
Well certainly it wasn’t fair for just Heather to have a turn, so each person had to have a ride! It was hilarious! They got stopwatch and timed each other as they raced a modified track around the house. It was oddly gratifying to see just how challenging it was for other people.
The best we can do during the holidays is to move forward with being the best people we can. My mom and dad would want me to remember both of them and all the wonderful traditions and memories that we have built over my lifetime. But more importantly they would want me to go on with my life, so that we can share those same warm, loving, memories with people I care so much about. I am lucky to have a great support system, and I’m thankful for a fun and relaxing Easter.