Saturday, April 26, 2008

An Amazing Week!

As the plane circled out over the ocean on its landing approach to Santa Barbara I was overwhelmed at the privilege of coming home. The notion of what home means echoes through this time away. My parents' "home" at Covenant Village in Golden Valley, MN in room 402 was a wonderful nest for them for the past 4 1/2 years. It was a traumatic move for them (and us) when they dismantled their condominium filled with a lifetime of mementos to move into their 2 bedroom apartment. But they made it cozy and uniquely theirs. The whole family knew the routine of life at Golden Valley, with its rituals and customs.
When dad got so sick, everyone knew it was time to move out of independent living into assisted living, which meant down-sizing again into one large room; like a big hotel room. We were not sure if dad would ever return to that room or die this week as he became progressively more ill. So we made the room mainly for my mom's comfort, hoping for dad's recovery. But during the end of the week he made a remarkable turn around and has now been discharged to the care center right down the hall from their "new" home.
Now, to hear them talk, it's a whole new lease on life, actually! Neither was sure dad would live, and he did, and they can be together in the same facility and soon the same room. That means they can go home again...to each other.
We do not own a home here. We are away from our children. But my home is with Martha wherever we live. It was so good to see the shoreline of Santa Barbara today as I was privileged to come home.


At 7:56 AM , Blogger Kim said...

How wonderfully encouraging! Just know a sister on the East Coast is praying for you and your family today.


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