What a weekend.
Originally I was supposed to go to the cabin on Sunday with my good friend Belinda and we were going to hang out and bike until Tuesday afternoon. I freed up my schedule and thought it would be a nice little break. When Mater had surgery on Wednesday the plans changed as I had “dog care duties” and instead I invited Belinda to come hang out with me here in Brainerd and we could bike around here, grill, and maybe have use the fire pit.
Sunday morning (my last meandering post) I was out delivering strawberry cobbler to the neighbors when I received the call. My good friend Connie had been struggling with her health all year and it seems that things were taking a turn for the worst. Friends and family were asked to come to the hospital to see her.
Life changes on the drop of a dime.
I went to the hospital on Sunday and my friend Belinda who also knows Connie met me there. I was there two hours holding Connie’s hand and just being with her and her family. Yesterday I went in the morning and again in the evening. This morning I plan to go again.
Connie has been an amazing part of my life these past 5 years. I learned much from this strong-willed, big-hearted woman and wish now I could take away all her pain.
The weekend clearly did not go as planned, but what really does? Instead Belinda and I offered a place for people to gather and stay if they wished as they visited Connie because my home is about 3 miles form the hospital. We cooked, we cleaned, we hung out on the deck talking with friends.
Today Belinda heads back home. I have my lawn to mow. A little audio listening. A mailing to finish. perhaps a little flower planting project I have my eye on. 2015 has been a hard year for many. I am emotionally exhausted in my own personal grief as well as my grief for my dear friend.