In a few hours, I'll be getting on a plane to fly to Atlanta. I can hardly believe it! Through the surprise, amazing generosity of a family friend, I get to go to the States to spend a couple weeks with Becky as she begins chemotherapy. Thank you, Family Friend!! This is such a blessing to all of us, I hope you know that. I just wish there was a word that meant "blessing-plus" or something, cause that's what it is.
Jason's parents were planning to come to see us in May, and when his mom heard that I was trying to work out how and when to travel, she offered to come early and help with the kids. And that's how it is that in about 9 hours, I'm getting on a plane all by myself.
I've been told that they serve meals on planes. And that there are movies one may watch. And that you can even read books or magazines. Could it be true? I seem to have a vague, very dim recollection of doing such things myself at one time. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. It says something about the season of life you're in when you look forward to a 13 hour flight alone so you can read and watch TV.
My hope is to be available to do whatever Becky needs or wants me to. If it's playing with the kids, or cooking, or cleaning, or even late night runs to Super Target. Yes, I will step into that breach for her. When we left the States back in January, I thought it would be two years before I'd see my family again. And although, I'd wish this trial away in a heartbeat, I am so grateful for the chance to physically be there and help shoulder the burden.
That said, I'm sure gonna miss my little family here.
Jason, being the complete superhuman that he is, encouraged me to go without the kids when I was agonizing over what to do. "What if Grace forgets me?" I asked him, only half joking. He assures me she won't. And if she does, well, there's always bribery to win her love back. Hey--it's worked for the other two, after all.
I'll catch y'all on the other side of the Pacific. I'm off to put some BOOKS in my carry-on! Books for ME to read!