Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kids and Chaos

Cara called. "Mom," she says, "What does it mean when you're coughing up blood?" My heart just about stopped. It turned out she was not talking about herself. I was trying to jump start my heart again, while saying, "It means you should take the girl to a hospital. You're not there yet? You better hurry up."
Dylan called. He casually mentioned that he had baked a meal for himself. Not only had he gone to the grocery store, but he'd also bought the pyrex baking dish that he needed. Moreover, he bought a set of three baking dishes because they were on sale and cheaper than the one he had initially pulled from the shelf. I should mention that Dylan has been on his own for some years now. When his sister went to visit him last summer, he had a block of moldy cream cheese and a jar of peanut butter in the fridge. So, really, the news that Dylan has begun to feed himself (after a year and a half on the other side of the state) is an encouraging thing.
Brianna is here. Begin again. But things are different there, as well. She's quiet, and painfully thin, and has obviously been through hard times. As a mom, you can only pray and hope that, really, it is going to be different this time. She's very grateful for the second chance.
Mike can't be home, and neither can Stacey, but for the first time in a long time, I've got my three birth children gathered for Thanksgiving, and I am thankful.


Cara said...

Can't wait to get some home cooked meals. And to see the fam, of course. Take it easy, mom. "TB Girl" is doing much better. She's stopped hacking it up, anyways.

Bush Babe said...

How lovely for you... hoping you get pampered for Thanksgiving Deb. And that you let them pamper you.

jeanie said...

How lovely to have your three chicks there!!!

I only know Thanksgiving through sitcoms so good luck to not getting too much material of the macabre kind and generate some wonderful memories.

Scotty said...

And here's wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving season, Debby.

Portia said...

Brianna is very fortunate to have a mom who believes enough in her to have hope. I know how hard that is and I really admire your faith.

Bob said...

Lots to be thankful for, Debby. A blessed Thanksgiving to your family.