Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Takin' a Break

Coleus In My Garden

Just like batteries for my handy, dandy digital camera, my batteries are in need of a recharge. In the morning I'll load myself onto a plane and be transported to Chicago where I'll take a day just to relax, visit with some friends and immerse myself into some intense spiritual work. I'll come home next Monday, hopefully ready to face the world with some new perspective and a renewed spirit that can bare the blows of whatever comes next.

The last few weeks have been taxing. We recently found out that my mother's lung cancer has returned after a very short but sweet remission. She will do some chemo, but we are told that when the cancer comes back so quickly, it is very difficult to treat. She thankfully has opted not to do the suggested radiation. She has severe emphysema and the radiation, every day for 5 to 6 weeks, could have damaged her lungs even further and made things much worse.

I think she's getting tired. She's said that she's had a great life, but right now, being hooked to an oxygen tank 24/7 and being witness to the state of world, her life isn't exactly joyful. So the coming months could become difficult.

On Easter weekend this past April we held a family reunion here of family members who haven't seen each other in years. Some had never met. My mom was the oldest (83 years) and the only one left from her generation ... the matriarch. She had a great time and I'm so greatful that I had the chance to do that for her. I want to be here for her and do what ever I can to make her as comfortable as possible in the coming months.

So until next week, I leave you with a few photos of what's blooming in my garden.

Japanese Iris With Visitor

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Blessings On Your Garden


brenda said...

Benjamin and I were so fortunate that we were able to come to the reunion and see people we hadn't seen in many years, as well as meet those we had only heard of. I am blessed and grateful that you have kept me a part of the warm and loving family. When there is unconditional love, relationships do not have to be severed with divorce.
love, brenda

Visual-Voice said...

I hope your time in chicago is energizing.. say "hi" to Caroline for me. (ha!) I'm really looking forward to visiting next month and meeting your mom, and learning a thing or two from her.


deirdre said...

I'm so sorry you're facing this difficult time with your mom. What a sweet relationship the two of you must have. Stepping into a spiritual realm can help recharge those batteries, as you already know.
I love the pictures of your garden. It looks gorgeous.

paris parfait said...

Beautiful photos! Enjoy your trip and try to find time to relax. Am sorry to hear about your mother, but it sounds like she's surrounded by caring people who are helping as much as possible.