“There’s an ordinary world
somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive…”
Thank you Mary Lou!
Day by day the years have slipped away; Karen is doing well and enjoying life. The house is chaotic and full of cats… Maya, Desmond, TabiBeth, Brian, Jake, Elwood, Minerva and Maxine fill it with joy. Maybe it is a survival mechanism to focus on the mundane and ordinary, and it is a luxury we have based on Mary Lou’s gift, Karen’s zeal for life, and small army of medical staff that our lives have intersected with on this journey. So the things to worry about: … will we get cable at the house (14 years and counting) …Is it going to snow? Where is the groundhog? Did you feed the raccoons? …Retirement? New Glasses? Did I really buy that many gems for that game? Leggings! Cataract surgery?
“Is this real life? …is this just fantasy? … Caught in a landslide. … No escape from reality…Open your eyes, look up at the sky and see…”
Seven years … the Rebirthday is still magical. So let’s remember to celebrate Life!
After 25 years, we got to witness Susanne and John renew their wedding vows – probably will not erase missing the original; but it was perfect! We lost our friend Dick this week after his eight year fight with Lymphoma. No, there are no gentle transitions. Karen’s fellow bone-marrow transplant recipients are writing the stories of their lives moment by moment. Like Laura and Ryan, who were able to adopt a beautiful baby girl. Life goes on moment by moment.
Every now and then I need reminded what reality is …not the new job! So wrapping up this “family Christmas letter from the edge”.
So to end with another song…
“I love you, though the stars may fade
And the mountains turn to sand … I love you…
’Til my body changes to an old man. I love you.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Karen and Michael
p.s. Technically, we’re in year 8 since my 7th Rebirthday has passed.