Okay, here is what we are going to do. We are flying to Texas to eat with Pam and then hopping on a jet to get to Kitty's for the late evening party!
Seriously, thanks for the comments on yesterday's post. If I were entirely without feelings and longings, I would not be alive. The good thing is that I have learned to move beyond the "what ifs" to the "what is", given enough time to reflect. So, we do have a solution that doesn't involve air travel, although it would be fun to have a Blogger friends get together.
Last evening, we had a "summit" meeting with the new caregivers, Brad and Jessica, the parents, and Karin and Elias who are leaving next Tuesday. We got the transitional stuff figured out about medications and doctor's visits. We also discussed what to do about Thanksgiving. We are cooking the mid-day meal and taking it over to the parents house and will have it there with Brad, Jessica and the parents. After that, we will travel to visit our friends for the evening meal.
The new caregivers are in their thirties and bursting with joy. Both have devoted years to service through Ameri-Corps and work at the homeless shelter downtown. Brad will still keep his job at the shelter where he does volunteer coordination. So it will be good to spend part of the day with them because they are also now part of the family. Their enthusiasm is healthy.
Sometime during the day yesterday, I regained joy and gratitude about the holidays. And I realize that the day, any day, is what I make it. It doesn't have to be about what it used to be, but what it is on this day. Today I am making it a happy one.
I also wanted to share a photo of the latest addition to the animal family here. This is Raggs who is one affectionate cat. He wants to be picked up and held all the time so it was hard to get a photo of him not trying to crawl up my pants leg. He finally decided to do a cute pose.