Busy weekend for Anne and Clark. Several years ago, they started a foundation to give struggling school libraries with money for books. The grant money pays for books that otherwise they’d never have. The Snapdragon Book Foundation has a directors’ meeting from time to time to look at what they’re doing and what changes they’d like to make. That meeting was this weekend. Steve was here from Atlanta with his wife, Liz and their children, Katia and Austin. Paul flew in from Colorado. And Jill traveled all the way from a couple streets away. All three kids and two grandkids here for the weekend…so nice for Anne and Clark, so nice for us.
The foundation is run by the family and one other trusted friend who actually chooses the winning schools. (Short commercial…If you know of a school that is having trouble finding money for library books, Google Snapdragon Book Foundation. The grants are generous…ranging from 1,000 to 20, 000 depending on what schools need.)
Austin (age seven) taught me how to play backgammon. I learned a long time ago but totally forgot how to set up the board and how the rules went. Unfortunately for Austin, I won three games out of five. I did try to lose the last game but kept rolling great numbers. And if I did something “stupid” Austin would point it out and wait for me to fix it. I just couldn’t lose.
Everyone went out to dinner last night and to lunch today. Jerry and I decided to pass. Eating has become a major chore again (hello, Ensure) I wouldn’t say it hurts to swallow but it is mighty uncomfortable. Totally expected..usually happens much earlier in the treatment cycle. Jerry went to MD Anderson this weekend to pick up a prescription for something that is supposed to help but so far I’m not noticing any big difference. I figure I’m lucky it took this long to hit and after a couple weeks away from radiation, I should be back to normal (whatever that is). In the meantime, I’ll learn to love Ensure, I guess.
Last chemo tomorrow. Four more Protons. We’re really getting ready to go. I’m sure Anne and Clark will be happy to have their house to themselves for awhile. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to rent out here for all these months and for another month in the spring. We are so fortunate to have them. How will we ever thank them enough for their house, for their company, for their constant support?
Spring is coming. We’re going home to 70 degree weather. Life is so good.