My iPad and I have found that the TypePad app was not cooperative during this trip to WA. Trying now to just use the regular web. None of the bells and whistles are visible. Below is a picture of my beautiful 87-year-old sister Betty in her brand new retirement apartment at Olympics West. How very glad I am that I took the time to be her first guest. This has been a huge move for her.
This short trip has given me a lot to think about. First, and foremost, how blessed I am. I forget sometimes what a great life I have. Here are a few observations. The two shuttle trips synchronistically put several people together who all seemed excited to share their stories from a firefighter just off from 3 weeks in AZ. To a young skoldier just back from Afghanistan and on his way to Texas to see wife and son. To a chef returning home to Olympia after cooking around the world for years and ready to finally settle down. Retired 80 year old therapist coming home after 3 weeks with family; she broke her wrist coming down a waterslide with a young grandson. A brand new Ph.D in physical therapy and his teacher wife off to Europe to celebrate their 20th anniversary. And on and on.
I get tunnel-visioned in my own life. Traveling does help with perspectives. Then there are the stories from within my sister's retirement home. Once vital people from all walks of life adjusting to their slowed down, more dependent lives. Most I met were making the best of it--more inspirational than resigned.
And my eldest son's emergency surgery in Seattle yesterday--another torn retina, but repair went well and though this past 15 months have been a roller coaster for them, I am so relieved that it looks like he is going to ultimately be able to see well.
Thanks for spending some time with me at the boarding gate. IPads, blogs, Facebook, thanks for being friends during travel times.