When Joanne had her stroke and she was in the ICU in a coma I remember praying two things. One was that Joanne would survive the stroke and wake up from her coma and the other prayer was that however she came out of it I wanted her to have the ability to read. I called that my top-secret prayer because I thought people would think it was foolish considering the shape she was in. But Joanne has always been a voracious reader and I knew that if she retained the ability to read, she could have at least some quality of life.
Joanne will read anything. She loves spy novels and "cotton candy fiction." She loves the Bible and classic literature. She pretty much loves it all.
Earlier this week she was in the middle of Plutarch's Lives which is supposed to be some big deal classic that everyone is supposed to read. But she said it was dry and a little boring, so I encouraged her to hit Amazon and get some fun stuff for her Kindle which Sarah so graciously brought her on one of her trips to visit. So she downloaded The Hunger Games thanks to a recommendation from the Franklin boys. Since she did that we have spoken to each other conversationally for about 10 minutes! She is fully engrossed. And that's a good thing.
I think for all of us if we just sit around and think about our lot in life we can get a little down, a little myopic, a little narcissistic. I don't think we were meant to have a ton of time to sit around and navel-gaze. Not that self reflection in a bad thing, but there is a time and a place for it and like anything, too much of it is probably not the best thing for us. I know this is true for our family. If we over-think it it's not the greatest, but if we stay in the moment we do OK.
So I am thrilled for the answer to my long-ago prayer that Joanne is able to read and that it gives her something pleasurable to do and keeps her mind occupied, even if it means I lose my conversation partner for a couple of days. Not sure what she'll read next but I am sure she would be open to suggestions.
We are still so pleased to have pumpkin back. She is much more mellow and less skittish then when she left us. She seems to be very happy to be near us, to be petted and held. She never used to be like that. Somehow her time in the wild has mellowed her out.
Today we have nothing planned. We have tried to do that with our Sundays since Joanne got back. It is a much needed day for us to be together as a family with no agenda. Going places isn't easy. It takes some planning, some fore-thought and effort. I'll talk more about that in a future post. But being at home is easy and relaxing for the whole family. This is especially critical now that the girls are in school. They need their Sunday to do whatever it is they want to do before jumping back in to their busy week. And my favorite thing has always been to have the whole family under one roof. Makes me feel like all is right with the world.
1. The girls had a great half-week of school last week and we would love to see that continue. We want them to like school as much as that is possible for a 10 and 13 year old.
2. Joanne is still desperate for sleep. May have to give a call to her doctor this week and see if there is something we can do about that.
3. Praise that despite all she's been through, Joanne can still lose herself in a good book!