Life really took over our little homeschool fantasy world last month. After battling a rare cancer for several years, my uncle passed away. I knew him well as my parents went out to dinner with them weekly when I was growing up and I’d often join them. We’d arrive, he’d pat me on my head, we’d go inside, the adults would then chat over a glass of wine (the ladies in the living room to discuss life and the men in the kitchen to discuss everything from politics to science). My uncle was mostly self educated. He’d read everything he could get his hands on and remember it all. My dad also has diverse interest and intellect. If I wasn’t self entertaining, I enjoyed listening to the men speak. Then, as an adult, we’d always go visit my aunt and uncle when in town (I now live far away). My uncle really liked my husband. For years they would send each other books they thought the other one would like. my oldest son would then be that child listening in on the adult conversation. We’ll miss Uncle Bryant.

As if saying goodbye to my uncle wasn’t enough, the day after I arrived, my mom was hit by a car. Her pelvis was broken in 5 places and her dominate arm was broken. We stayed longer, visited the hospital daily and then set her up in a rehabilitation facility. We are finally back home and mom is improving every day. I’m sad to have left her behind but left her in good hands with her longtime boyfriend and countless relatives. I’m so happy to be back home but wish I could be in both places at once.

DS1 learned a lot this trip I think. The impermanence of life and that life isn’t just about us. Poor DS2 suffered with sleepless nights and lower intake of milk (at his 5.5 mo doctors appointment yesterday, he fell off his growth curve). We will be working on increasing intake now that we are not distracted. DH learned that the house is depressing and lonely without his little family. I learned that even my mom is not indestructible.

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