The title’s wisdom came from my bride’s fortune cookie tonight after consuming take-out Chinese. It is also exactly the hidden sentiment Peg has displayed these last two weeks since being discharged from the hospital. After coming home, her nausea and vomiting stopped, her appetite returned, along with increased energy. Her spirits rose, her humor surfaced and her determination to go up to Massachusetts was front and center. “I don’t want to lie here and wait to die. I want to get back to Hydrangea House one last time and enjoy it and the fall colors.” Peg’s wishes have always been my commands and so we have plane reservations for this Monday to fly to Hartford, CT and rent a car for the hour’s drive to Lenox, MA. Joining us in this latest adventure is Peg’s sister Barbara, who also owns a house ten minutes away from ours.
These past few weeks many friends have visited from both near and far to see us and mutually enjoy each others’ company. It has been wonderful and we hope to continue to see many more Albany, New York compadres while we are in the neighborhood. Besides Peg’s new-found condition, the trip is possible because the hospice here is coordinating with a hospice group in Western Massachusetts to supply the house there with everything Peg needs to be comfortable. They are also supplying me with a bottle of Crown Royal and pillow so I also will be comfortable. Barbara will be able to visit her house in Lee, MA as renovations begin on a new first floor bathroom. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
The return to Florida is scheduled for the last day in September and obviously we hope plans go successfully. If not, we have agreed to make whatever decisions are necessary at the time, no matter how serious, no matter how difficult. Peg’s continued sprit and optimism is contagious and exciting. This is why I love her…she aims high and time is flying by.
Love to all, Alan