There was not a lot of time to write during those days despite the fact that fodder for content was plentiful. So, in retrospect, here are the highlights:
- For the most part, during the entire time off, Gary had only one (count it), one episode of overwhelm. Why? Not sure other than I tried desperately to stay calm, answer his questions, fulfill his needs and have fun.
- The first week back to work after the break was full of overwhelm.....go figure.
- We went to the zoo on the coldest day of the year. After two hours of freezing, 5 of us (including a large car seat) crammed back into my SUV and came back home.
- Dad had to go to the emergency room for a bladder infection and stayed an extra three days.
- We had a horribly, ugly experience with Gary's new drum set on Christmas Day and following day. (if this were a drama show, that would have been an episode worthy of Oscar.) My Dad was a real trooper and helped me through the whole experience. Had he not been here, I may have walked out of the house to not return for days!
- We had several great meals. Gary helped with the major meals and was a big help if I asked him.
- I had one day where I REALLY needed a half hour to myself so I decided to go the store. Quickly, I found the car full of my Dad, Gary and for the first time, my Grandson Xander asked to go the store with Grandma. It all went pretty well. I am still waiting on that half hour.
- Today, Gary and I went to see "The Wizard of OZ' at the IMAX theatre with some of my employees. He sang many of the songs during the movie. At the end, he clapped and talked about what a great movie it was. When I pointed out parts of the movie I had not noticed on television, he replied with, "You've seen that movie before? " I was surprised that he did not remember countless times we had seen it together. I wonder how he thought he knew the words to the songs?