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Friday, February 17, 2006

returning home

This trip to Tennessee has been a very eventful one and some of it has already been written about. The previously mentioned main purpose of the trip was to see Michele (OD) through her surgery and the critical first part of her rehab. The secondary purposes were to be present for OD’s birthday on the 12th of February and Cooper’s (GM5) first birthday on the 17th. Friday, if it goes according to plan, will complete all objectives and will be my return home day.

The weather here has been much a part of the story of the trip. We arrived on the evening of January 31st and on February 1st it snowed – this being the 2nd snowfall I have experienced this year, with both of them being at this location in Tennessee.

We got word Thursday AM (Feb. 9th) of FIL’s worsening health and being back in the hospital. Thursday PM found us on the road toward the Atlanta area to meet with YD to ferry the spice on to the Augusta area. We both arrived safely – her to S.C. and me back to Tennessee, about midnight.

On Friday the 10th it snowed again here in the evening and overnight, but it really wasn’t cold enough and the accumulation was very spotty. The snow continued off and on Saturday as well as Sunday, finally getting enough depth for playing and snowman building, but still not over a couple of inches.

In the PM of Saturday the 11th, I kept the two young ones while SIL took OD out for her birthday – one day early. After the wife’s departure, the tasks increased accordingly because then I was still transportation but also cared for the little one during the day. OD has improved with her rehab and is slowly starting to be able to take on more of her ‘old job’.

Another occurrence I was blessed to witness was getting to see GM5 walk his first five steps on Monday the 13th. On Tuesday, he took ten steps by his Mom holding out pieces of chocolate to tempt him onward. We need to make him a little sign – ‘Will walk for chocolate.’

Thursday PM we had a small family birthday party for GM5, one day early since I will be leaving on Friday his actual birthday. OD made him a small cake and set it in front of him to see (and photo) his reaction. His reaction was to slowly put his fingers in the cake and then lick off the icing – before this event was over, he had cake and chocolate icing from one end to the other. We needed to take him in the yard and hose him off but it was a little chilly for that. He did enjoy the cake though – and the ice cream.

Friday we will complete several errands, take OD to rehab, go by and get GM2 from school (as usual) and then go back to get OD. All this while GM5 rides with me, supervising my driving and routes – and if it goes as per usual, he will occasionally comment in his own language – at a high decibel level.

After getting them safely home, I will depart for S.C. – having finished packing my auto Friday AM – hopefully to arrive back at home – as the Lord wills – somewhere around midnight, Friday PM. ec

6 Comments:

Blogger Merle said...

Mr Eddie ~~ Hope you are safely home by now. Your wife will be pleased to have you back.
You did a great job with your daughter. Glad she is able to
take up her life again as no doubt she is also.

2/17/2006 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

Sounds like you've accomplished a lot, made the grandchildren happy, and provided support in a time of need. Isn't it great to be alive, and to be able to help...that is what 'family' is all about.

2/17/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

MrEddie,

So good you could help out in your daughter's time of need!

Hope you have a safe trip home!

June

2/17/2006 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - Arrived safely at home port shortly before midnight last night. The daughter will have to take it slow for a couple more weeks but is doing much better. Thanks.

bonita - That is indeed what family is all about, it was tiring at times but good to be able to help.

junierose - Her 8-yr-old told her that she missed me already - that does something to a grandpa. ec

2/18/2006 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I see that you are safely home. God bless all.

2/19/2006 03:19:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - Thanks for your blessing. ec

2/19/2006 08:54:00 PM  

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