September 29, 2015, Chino Valley- I spent the afternoon up here, meeting parents of some of my students and going over materials and procedures with which I will carry on this teaching enterprise, starting October 12.
Today is my only sister’s birthday, so I gave her a call. She and her husband are in the midst of a long-desired trip, seeing fabulous wilderness, in another part of the country. It does my heart good to see this, with her life of service having in some ways eclipsed my own. Her four children and seven grandchildren stand in testament to this.
Sis has been my friend and confidant for most of our lives. She has survived challenges that would make a lesser person fold up the tent and head for cover. She has kept on, taken one day at a time, and has never lost her joie de vivre, or ever-present smile. She has never lost her love for family, or sense of what is right.
On this day, I can only offer thanks for her presence, and for her unwavering support through the tough years of my beloved wife’s decline. I am blessed with the best of families, and Sis is no small part of that. May these birthdays long continue.