I want to start by thanking all of you who sent message and notes and calls of encouragement and support for David and for us over the past few days. In a week that seemed so full of loss - last day at a school that failed him, last day at an after school program that loved him - such a stark contrast of how they handled him and the goodbyes - another word of gratitude for South Arm OSC - Thank you.
The stress gave a foothold to a nasty little virus and I was feeling very unwell by Friday morning but I went to work in a brave but ultimately futile attempt to impersonate a well person......by midday I was D.O.N.E. I don't know if you have ever fallen into bed and can actually feel the virus coursing through your body? Anyone? Well I gave it 4 hours to have its way and then I had to get up and be a Junior Youth Leader.
"My" Junior Youth group had our year end celebration at Cliffhangers rock climbing. They had such a great time and I am sure some of them had sore arms today. Graham, my fearless co-leader, climbed a few walls himself and then injected the always necessary element of betting and chance to the event by betting the kids slurpees they couldn't beat his stopwatch climbing various walls.......... Graham owes alot of kids slurpees. I am ever grateful for Graham and the role he plays with these kids......
We got home and headed to bed knowing there would be little sleep in our house. In a week of loss David was offered the chance to go to Alaska for 3 weeks to hang out with his Aunt and Uncle and cousins. Great redemption!! He was SO excited, as were we, and grateful to my Sister Jill and BIL Russell who managed to get him on a fight at very short notice. The downside was that it was a 4:30am check-in at SeaTac (a 2 hour drive south of us in the USA) so we were up at 1:50am and on the road at 2am. I ended up waking up coughing at midnight so I headed out with 90 minutes of seep and was grateful not to be driving in the rain and the dark. The border was a dream........ and we made SeaTac on the dot of 4:30am.
Made it home and I had a delightful nap...... phew ..... WHAT A WEEK.