How sweet it is! The right pillows, the perfect softness, and the crispness of my own sheets. Ahhhh…
The jet ride home was amazing! Two pilots, an ER doctor, a specialty Respiratory Therapist, and a highly skilled ICU/Trauma nurse. Tarmac to tarmac, we were home in one hour and twenty five minutes! We climbed at a rate of 6000 feet per minute, compared to 2000 feet per minute for most planes. We cruised at 43,000 feet. It was smooth as silk in every way! The only thing that was missing was the red carpet when we landed and Canadian embassy flags on the ambulance. We felt so important!
Layton had a good night. He called me at 3:30 am to tell me how good he was doing. I think he is relishing in his ability to talk and his gratitude for having a good night and some deep sleep. He suggested that I do something for me this morning so I did. Nyla, the fluffball dog, and I went for our usual hike. The familiarity was great.
I did a lot of thinking during our hike. I thought about how the support we got from Ed was so representative of all the support we got from all our friends, new and old. I thought about how the support we got from my Mom was so representative of all the support from our vast families.
I usually hike these hills a certain way. If you visualize, one trail going up and around the crest of the hill, and joining back to the original trail-sort of like licking up one edge of a lollipop and licking down the other. Today, to symbolize the fact that we need to consciously choose our paths, I went up my usual “down” side and down my “up” side. I want to remember this as Layton and I go forward.
I was about one-third the way down the hill when I realized that I had been so pre-occupied that I forgot to stop at the top and look over the hills, across the lake at the rapidly moving clouds. Stop and smell the roses, Myrna!
I am always surprised by how much I learn on my walks. I am surprised by how much I have learned through this experience and we are just beginning…. I hope our experience and the sharing of it has brought some value, some insight into your own lives. I am thinking that tomorrow Layton will pick up with the blog posts. I will plan to pick up with my blog that I started last fall when I did the Camino de Santiago Trail in N Spain. I am pretty sure there is a link on this site to it. This has been good for me, too. Hope to see you all over the next few months.