were supposed to be on the road Monday, driving 450 miles (724 km) south
to see my mom. She was discharged from the hospital on Saturday and is
home recovering fairly well. We were going to spend a couple of days
with her to be part of her care giving team.
might be wondering why we're not there. I'm embarrassed to admit that
we stayed home to look after our aging cat Bonsai whose health suddenly
took a precipitous drop over the weekend. We called the vet to talk
about euthanizing him, but had second thoughts when he rallied and moved
about more steadily on his wobbly legs. We felt bad asking our neighbors who
had already agreed to do cat care to check in on a cat that may be
dying. My mom was absolutely adamant that we look after Bonsai a little
while longer before we headed south. When I called her Monday morning,
her first question was, "How's the cat?" I said, "No way, first question
is how are you?" She sounded really well, much stronger and truly like
But still, I think it is absurd that we are here and not there. It seems crazy to be taking care of a cat instead of my mom. But making the decision to end Bonsai's life now so we could leave was much too hard to do. My family was quite insistent that we stay a little while longer.
we stayed. It was a warm and beautiful day here. Lovely things
happening in the sky. Things we would not have seen had we been on that
long drive south. But as beautiful as this amazing atmospheric corona is, I'd much
rather be looking into my mother's eyes.
Road trip planned for
Wednesday, whether Bonsai survives or not.