And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow!”
― Shauna Niequist
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
What a melancholy, bittersweet weekend! This weekend was what I refer to as a "Fried Green Tomatoes" weekend. ... a whirlwind of emotions ... whew; so good to be home!
My original reason for my trip was to attend a celebration of my nephew and his wife's 30th wedding anniversary. A few days before my time to leave, is when I found out about my special friend, Dean, being diagnosed with esophogeal cancer.
I took a day off and spent Friday with a gal pal in Lincoln. We just spent a day doing "girl stuff" and spent the evening pigging out, and sharing a bottle of wine. It's a nice break with such a long trip.
I got to spend a little quality time with my niece and her husband, finally. Time was spent at the anniversary celebration where I got to see other family ... yay.
The remainder of the evening was spent with my friend, his wife and her kids. I took down a couple of wedding photo albums. I was one of the photographers for them. Even though I was late getting the prints, the timing was perfect, under the circumstances. Dean will be able to go into his first chemo treatment with happy thoughts and feelings (being surrounded by those he cares about, and his family) - and Roxi will have them for those times when she is alone. Everyone seemed to enjoy reliving their wedding day.
The sad thing is that they are still newlyweds. Thank you, everyone, for including me, treating me like family, and allowing me to share with all of you!