July 15, 2007
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Your letter to me got lost in our house for a few weeks. Things seem to get lost easily and often around here. Anyway, I enjoyed and appreciated your note. It is always good to hear from you. Nearly every time I go to the mailbox, I hope there will be some word from you.
All is well here. Steve and I just returned from our trip to MD with the boys. Oliver and Henry are staying there for an extra week to swim on the neighborhood swim team. Oliver is doing fabulously and loveing it. He has participated in two meets and has competed in the 25 Meter freestyle and the 25 Meter backstroke both times. He is so proud of his ribbons. Henry has sprouted fins and gills, it seems. It is hard to get him out of the water. He is so independent now, using no flotation device and able to swim nearly the length of the pool- 25 meters. He is working up the courage to jump off the diving board but is sure that he’ll be able to do it at Nannie and Poppie’s when we go there in August.
While we were in MD we spent two afternoons with our family at Joe’s house. Mom, Dad, Wendy, Paul, Jared, Jessie and Mario were all there, as well as Bentley and Ellie (ugh) of course. It was very relaxing. Joe’s place is beautiful and he is a great host. He is really good with the kids, just like I remember him being with us when we were little. We also trekked into DC a few times. Steve, Oliver, Henry and I went to the National Zoo and saw the pandas, lions, tigers, elephants, orangutans, gorillas, etc. The boys really seemed to love the reptile house and the Invertibrates House. Henry is very into animals and is doing a project on habitats as part of his summer reading program. Of course we went down to the Mall for the Fourth of July fireworks. It was awesome. It is the fourth year that we have gone and was by far the best display. The music was awesome and the boys were transfixed. Miraculously, I was able to see a great deal of the display, both colors and movements. It was almost as if the past year of no vision had not occurred and I could see as well as I could last July. I am sure I’m exaggerating, but it sure did feel great. The smells of the fireworks, the sound of the music, the feeling of the fireworks vibrating in my body, and the sights I could perceive made for a magnificently magical evening. Another day, we went to the Washington Monument, had lunch at our favorite noodle house in Chinatown, saw the World War II Memorial from which we called Poppie, and experienced the Lincoln Memorial. Henry’s favorite from that day was the noodle house and Oliver’s was the Lincoln Memorial, big surprises there.
We’re looking forward to spending some time in RI and CT in August but are busy here with meetings, Braille and mobility lessons, doctor appointments, etc. Steve is pretty stressed out with work. His frustrations are valid, but unavoidable. I know he’ll hang in there, but he’s needing a little extra stroking and listening these dayhs. I wish I could make things better for him, but hope my caring ameliorates a fraction of his unrest. The boys are looking forward to attending camp at our science center at the end of the month. Oliver is going to time travel camp and Hank is doing the science of superheroes. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.
My eyes are doing well. I still cannot see much but both the retina and the cornea are healing beautifully and are in tact. At this point I can perceive some color under the right conditions and can catch a lot with light and dark contrast. Every once in the while I can see a major headline in the paper. We just keep saying our prayers that more vision will be recovered and keep up with doctor appointments and medicine protocol. How is your diabetes doing? I imagine that the limited food selection in prison must help you maintain good bloodsugar levels. I recently attended a seminar on nutrition and the major emphasis was on the diabetes epidemic and the hidden sugars in foods. It was a real education about label reading (that there are often three or four different kinds of sugars in a food that are listed separately and sort of in code so that the item doesn’t appear as sugary). We explored alternative sweetners like agabe nectar, brown rice syrup, stevia, and pure cane sugar. Too bad I cant’t read the labels.
I am anxious to hear how things are going with you. Have you heard about your sentencing yet? Is it weird to be in our county jail? Do you see people we know? I understand your feelings about Dad and will respect them. I will not get involved between you but hope to maintain a relationship with each of yu independently.
That’s all my news for now. I love you and keep you in my prayers every day.