Home and Who to Thank First?
Iain and I arrived home last Saturday afternoon to a beautifully redecorated house thanks to our wonderful friend Doug Ryder. (Just do not tell him I said that because he can be a right tyrant). The house itself sparkled, the fridge and pantry stocked and the garden was neat and tidy thanks to a crew led by Sarah and Lisa. Thank you to my mum, Sonia, the Pendergasts, the Mitelhaus', the Berk family, the Ropp-Maringa family, the Aiduns, the Young-Schwemms, the Abrahams, the Dowlings, the Heiser-Diddams family, and the Guild-Douhtit family. Thank you to those who offered to help and for those care packages we received. If I have forgotten to mention anyone I am sorry. It was such a pleasure to walk into a house and have a cup of tea with milk and just enjoy the house and garden. Ok, after unpacking the jam-packed Jeep which fortunately made it back even though the newly fixed air conditioner seemed to stop working half-way through Missouri (fortunately the temperature dropped significantly into Kansas).
It is great to be home. Iain seemed to get another lease of life as we crossed the Kansas-Colorado border and I have barely seen him since we arrived. I went back to work and it was lovely to see everyone and feel somewhat normal again. My dad is in a lovely assisted living in Boulder so now I just have to relieve the Prakash family in Los Gatos from the little monkey that has been living there for the last few months. I am sure after all this time with a boy on their hands they will breath a sigh of relief as they no longer have to "persuade" him to do his homework. Truly, I am very grateful that they provided such a loving place for Simon during this pretty awful time for his brother. Thank you again for reading and your messages of support which Iain and I still go back to read.