More catching up

April 12, 2007

Well, we’re surviving the freezing spring break.

I probably shouldn’t say this aloud or in print, but my kids are getting along really really well. For the most part they have been pleasant and enjoyable and have been treating each other with kindness. Who ARE these children? Not that I want the old ones back, mind you…

Thankfully the bad weather is making it easier for Dan to keep physical activity to a minimum. We saw the ENT today and he cannot tell yet whether or not the graft has taken — he doesn’t expect to know for a couple of weeks because apparently all the gel/glue-ish stuff in his ear will clear out by then…and I confessed that Dan had blown up a balloon. He patted me on the shoulder and assured me that it would probably make no difference. Then he grinned and said, “Besides, if something’s wrong, then we can blame you and not me.” A doctor with a sense of humor…wow. He told me to stop worrying about it and beating myself up. Me? Beat myself up?

Soccer has been cancelled tonight due to crummy weather which means that Dan will only miss one game instead of two. So yay bad weather!

I picture a lovely family evening tonight — we’ve been busy all week — maybe a movie and some popcorn. It can be hard to find a movie that the boys and Abby all like…any suggestions?

On the cancer front: Tim’s mom has been given the all clear. The doctors found no metastasized cancer anywhere and believe they got all the cancer from the surgery. My mom’s myeloma count is down, which is very good, but there is some concern about her kidney function (unfortunately any medicine strong enough to destroy cancer cells can also negatively affect other organs), as well as her hemoglobin. But the doctor seemed overall optimistic in terms of treating this terminal cancer. The metaphoric tightness in my chest has loosened a bit with all the various challenges of last week coming to some resolution.

Cutest thing Rob said to me this week: “Mom, what room number will I have in heaven?”

“What? What do you mean?”

And with all the authority of a child he says, “You KNOW that heaven’s like a gigantic hotel and we all have a place there. I just wondered what my room number would be.” Then he pauses for a second. “And you know, you don’t have to stay in your room. You can go out and play with everyone else.”

It’s as good of a description as I can muster.


9 Responses to “More catching up”

  1. Porkys.


    Pulp fiction.


    Killing Fields.

    American History X.

  2. Oh. And it will be room 306.

  3. Beth Koruna said

    John — you’re a wealth of wonderful knowledge? Whatever would I do without you? Actually I think we’ll watch Platoon.

  4. kate whitman said

    Choose Andy’s favorite children’s movie – Braveheart. The rationale I heard when I got home from work, was that it was an epic. Other times I would come home and find Andy watching The Godfather with the kids. Either one is a good choice for elementary age kids.

  5. Beth Koruna said

    Even I can’t do the Godfather. Gangster movies scare the bejeebers out of me. I could, however, see Tim watching Braveheart with the boys.

  6. Andy Whitman said

    In my defense, Braveheart contains several Valuable Life Lessons that need to be imparted to the children. Such as Courage, Boulder Heaving, and Blue Face Painting. You can go to the Ohio State Fair and watch kids’ faces being painted blue. How much more wholesome does it get?

  7. Beth Koruna said

    Andy — have you been hanging out with THE Girl Scouts? I like your Capitalizations.

    And of course, Boulder Heaving is a HUGELY important skill. Wholesomeness Personified.

  8. erica said

    I just want you to know that I carefully read this entire post silently so that you would not infact have ‘said out loud” that your children were getting along.

    I just wanted you to know that.

  9. Beth Koruna said

    Thank you my sister! ‘Cause you KNOW what happens when you say it aloud!!

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