Yesterday was a long day for us, and I’m afraid I’m going to shortchange you all on today’s blog post, because it is almost midnight, and I am drained, both physically and emotionally.
We left Elkhart Campground about 9 a.m. and drove 140 miles to Muskegon, Michigan, where we picked up my cousin Berni Frees, stopped long enough for a quick potty break and were back on the road, driving another 160 miles to Traverse City. MY cousin Terry Cook is in the hospital there, battling cancer, and we were saddened to see how weak he has become in just the month since we were there for Miss Terry’s own oncologist checkup.
Terry is a couple of years younger than me, and has always been like my kid brother, and with my own siblings and parents all long deceased, he is one of the few links I still have left to my childhood.
We visited for a couple of hours, and at one point, his wife Peggy, Miss Terry and Berni walked down to a waiting room to give Terry and I some time alone to talk. One thing I have always admired about my cousin is that, like me, he’s a no bulls$#@ kind of guy, and tells it like it is. So we had a very frank, open discussion about what lies ahead, and I was impressed with his way of looking at things.
Though not a religious person, he is spiritual, and he told me that while he’d love to be here for another 50 years, he is also aware that we don’t always get what we want. He has had the love of his wife for over 30 years, he has seen his two kids grow into adulthood, and if his work here is done and it is time to move along, so be it. He will fight the good fight until it becomes apparent that victory isn’t attainable, and then he will go, with peace and dignity. I don’t think any of us can hope to do any more.
After a couple of hours, it was obvious that his pain level was increasing, in spite of the morphine pump, and that he needed to rest. We didn’t say goodbye, just so long, until the next time, wherever and whenever that is.
We drove back to Muskegon, where we spent the night, and we’ll be back at our rig in Elkhart by mid-day today.
I’m sorry for the fact that today’s blog is rather a downer. I’ll be rested and in better spirits tomorrow.
Thought For The Day – Tell the people you love how much they mean to you today, because tomorrow is no more than a promise.