Are you back? Well, the excitement continued! Yesterday, while driving to my parents' house from my grandma's house, as we got off the freeway at my parents' exit, we saw tons of police cars parked all over. "Looks like a manhunt," my dad said. Are you kidding me?! Dad checked the news and learned that, sure enough, a police search was on for a wanted man. Great, just great. This is rural Oregon, not some inner city ghetto (nor Yreka, for that matter.)
This week, I'm thankful:
1. For the safety that is the norm for me, not the exception.
2. For those men and women who daily work to keep the rest of us safe.
3. For my parents. We have been working hard this week, but we have laughed a lot, too.
4. For my grandma. Her mind is not what it used to be, but she is still sweet and pleasant.
5. For the fact Grandma still recognizes me. She introduced me and my mom as her "daughters." My mom only has one sibling, a brother, so I think that Grandma might have just not been able to come up with "granddaughter." Or maybe she does think that I am her daughter. In any case, she still sees me as family, and is still happy to see me. That makes me happy.
6. For the number of people who have stopped by Grandma's house to share their memories and ask how she is doing.
7. For the relatively cooler weather here. Today was the second day this month that the temperature has been above 90. I recognize that low- to mid- 90s is still hot for here, but it is cooler than at home.
8. For cell phones. I've been able to text and talk to John and my kids while I've been gone. I miss them, of course, but it's nice they are just a phone call away.
9. For the sweet memories we've remembered, and insights we've gained, as we've gone through Grandma's things. Today we found a homemade cane that was given to my grandpa upon the birth of his first grandchild (me). What a sweet gesture, even if it was meant a bit as a gag gift!
10. For John. He kept me from driving away in a van with a bad axle, and he's keeping things running well at home while I'm gone. I miss him, and I appreciate his support of me. As much as I love it here, I look forward to returning home to John.
How has your week gone? Observed a manhunt or two?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine