Scott's Last Morning
Today was Don's 4th day home from the hospital and Scott's last day in Texas. Wish we could have made the morning more eventful, but there's not much Don is up for yet. Scott suggested we watch the live coverage of the Blue Origin launch.
The rocket launch was a fun focus this morning. There was a bit of hoopla in West Texas, when William Shatner (at 90) became the oldest person to reach the edge of space.
Reminders of Past
It was refreshing to watch some news, that wasn't depressing or worrisome. These upbeat TV moments were so welcome during covid and cancer quarantines, last year and 5 years ago.
It was curious watching history being made out near Van Horn, TX! When the capsule returned to earth, the crew stepped out and the 3 younger passengers seemed jubilant. William Shatner's reaction was different. He was joyful yet emotional, while he explained his experience. Don and I high-fived each other and I could see Don was moved.
I was surprised that I felt the power of the moment too. I'm sure SNL will spoof the Jeff Bezos event, this Saturday. And maybe Shatner was just using his acting skills, while he reacted to his 10-minute flight. But we 3 seemed to absorb the drama of the moment, differently than we might have on another day. Are these post-surgery emotions? Seems the world is a little different now.
We made sure Don got in a walk session, before I needed to drive Scott to the airport at noon. Scott did DJ-Duty and made Alexa play "Walk on the Wild Side" and Patsy Cline's, "Walkin' After Midnight".
It was perfect! The house felt playful and energized, for 7 minutes, before Don and Scott hugged good-bye. I think all 3 of us had moist eyes or throat lumps, as least. Why does everything feel so much more dramatic? I made everyone pose for my camera timer.
It was nice to have the long drive with Scott. We talked the whole way about how the week had gone. The relief of the surgery being behind us. Scott said he was proud of his dad and that he was proud of me too.
At the airport we hugged twice and I felt like I wanted to boohoo, right next to the terminal. It was the exact feeling I had when we left Scott at his freshman dorm, in 2008. Back then and today, I felt so lucky and grateful. What an incredible young man, then and now. I was sad to see him go, but glad for him to get back to his own routine.
Don was doing just fine when I got back. I headed upstairs and noticed that Scott had made the bed, just like he'd done the morning before we drove to UT. I had to grin at that. Both days, I'd assumed he might be too rushed or distracted for that gesture. He doesn't exactly make his bed daily. But this was clearly done to please Mom.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!