Saturday, May 15, 2010

The highs and lows of life...

just don't keep themselves separated in compartments of your life. On one hand, this week has been sobering and filled with hospital visits. On the other hand, it has been a week of great celebration and joy.

My mother, who was truly the inspiration and knowledge behind my first book, Value Meals on the Volga for which this blog is named, remains at Mercy Gilbert Hospital. I can't count the number of visits, length of stay, numbers of nurses, doctors, aids or blood draws anymore. I can tell you that after nearing losing her, my Mom's vitals are back on track. Her heart is strong. Unfortunately, five days in bed have taken their toll and when she is discharged, likely later today, she will head for occupational and physical therapy at a rehabilitation center.

The other side of the story is my daughter, who after four years of college, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University last night. The ceremony at Gammage was a celebration of the graduates, the school and the late Walter Cronkite. My beautiful daughter, Becky, graduated magna cum laude. Could I possibly be prouder? Absolutely not.

So, to end the week, Mom will be discharged to a rehabilitation center for therapy, and I host a graduation party to honor my daughter's achievement. Like I said, the highs and the lows just blur together in life. You just need to savor each moment.

1 comment:

Frank said...

You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family. Strong, awesome women are a trait in your family tree.