Jesse turned one year old today. Her mom and dad were
not able to be there with her. As I have mentioned
before, her dad, Phil is in the hospital battling
for his life. Mom Liz is by his side.
Yesterday I visited Phil in Springfield. What I saw is
heart breaking to describe. From the man we all knew less
than 2 weeks ago this "new" Phil was NOT him. Heart
wrenching is mild. What Elisabeth is living right now
is a nightmare no ever wishes to have to live.
Even in all of her grief Liz asked me if I could
please get Jesse a treat for his birthday when I got back
to Almost Home. How could not? Jesse feasted on salmon
in a gourmet sauce. Not her usual according to her mama.
Look at Jesse eating. The bowl she has once belonged to Brutus,
then Shadow and then Sniff. Sniff did not want t use it so Jesse
now owns it together with a few other bowls belonging to Brutus.
We all go on with our lives. It is what it is. Though we say
someone else's tragedy touches us, we don't actually think
of it once we "leave" What I saw at the hospital yesterday
is firmly an image that won't leave me in a long time.
Phil was slipping in and out of consciousness, but
when I spoke to him and touched him on the arm he
turned his head toward me. He tried to speak to me.
You see at Almost Home we are a family. Phil and Liz
are dear to me. Phil recognized my voice. Phil wanted
to talk to me. That's the image I have right now.
Another day begins. No one knows what it hold. None of us.
So whatever you do always live life to the fullest. Enjoy
each moment. Make memories that will last a lifetime. Be kind
to each other and always make room in your hearts for compassion.
On a little lighter note. Our nephew Max Dyal now to be
known as Dr. Dyal, graduated from Duke University with
a doctorate in Physical Therapy. He passed the Boards already.
As soon as that was done he had 2 interviews last weekend in Florida.
Max was interviewed on Friday. Before he even left the building
he was offered the job. Yes he was offered both jobs! Dr. Dyal
will soon be heading the Physical Therapy Department in his job.
I am forever proud of all my nieces and nephews.
Their accomplishments is nothing we are not used to,
but every so often I find the urge to brag.
Unlike many, Max and his family do not advertise their lives
on Facebook. You will NEVER know where they are or what they
are doing if you base it on Facebook. Unlike so many of us, whose
moves can be tracked all day all night long just by a little click.
Another proud moment for our family. CONGRATULATIONS
Dr. MAXIMILIAN RAVI DYAL!!!!! YOU DID IT!!!!
And suddenly you just know it's time to start something
new and trust the magic of beginnings...