The Party's Over
Unfortunately, the week has ended and the time has come to head back home and to get back to work. (And to see what we can do to help Grandma Nee Nee. We received a phone call as we walked to the Rose Bowl parade yesterday that she fell and broke her hip and was taken to a larger hospital, an hour and a half from home. Today she had surgery and she is currently in recovery. We've said countless prayers for her over the past two days. It was just a month ago that she went to her final check up for breaking her leg in July of 2007. Ergh! Poor sweet Nee Nee!)
We spent our final day in Southern California at the Getty. We enjoyed a few tours of the amazing art museum, Shayla sketched and we talked about taking the girls there in 2001. Shayla had many questions about what they did and we were surprised at how much we remembered. (I'm also certain I have pictures of that day in July 2001 at home.) I'm glad Christi was able to go then, as a four year old, and I actually felt like she was with us today.
This has been a "unique" city to be in for three reasons. One of the many doctors Shayne consulted for Christi's treatment over her four years of it, was with Dr. Reynolds, from Los Angeles. It was this city, where we took the girls on vacation in July of 2001 and we have fond memories. (Shayne's dad flew in and it was wonderful to all be together, little did we know a year later our lives would forever be changed.) And finally, this is where, shortly after our princess's death, Christi's cells that were extracted were shipped off (to CHLA - Children's Hospital of Los Angeles) to try to grow as Dr. Maris felt they had a better chance of success here in LA. Thankfully, against the odds, they did grow and we have been told they are a highly requested sample of cells that researchers run tests on. May one day soon they help to find a cure so that families all over the world will never know what it's like to have a child killed by neuroblastoma.
Sandra - your post made us laugh. How could you live here and not partake in the amazing Rose Bowl festivities?! (Seriously, we understand. It's one thing to have time to vacation and another thing to live and work here. Thanks so much for your post too!) This get away was amazing for us, but it's now time to go back to the cold weather and to get back to work.
I feel a bit "under the gun" right now too. Two of my literacy professors at OSU are co-authoring another book on literature and I was asked, just before break, to submit some work (a classroom vignette type of piece) to be published in their book. They've approved the teaching strategies I want to share and the books I want to feature, but I really thought it would all come together and "hit me" while on vacation and I'd just write it up. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and I keep shaking my head wondering how I'm going to put it all together, as they want to take a look into a teacher's classroom and I need write it in a high quality manner for their book. It's like I know what I want to explain, but I can't get it in words yet.
And then of course there is that "ordering of Christi's grave plaque" I keep putting off. Even though I'm dreading it and I promised myself it'd be ordered by the end of 2008 at the very least, it really must be taken care of soon! She deserves better, I just keep breaking down and crying. It was so much fun to select her birth announcements, but quite frankly, just thinking about this stinks!
Have a wonderful week!