Friday, November 24, 2006

Giving Thanks

We have been getting many messages of sympathy and support from our readers -- thank you all so much. It does mean a lot to us.

We have a lot to be thankful here at Our Odyssey on this Thanksgiving holiday: we have our health, and we are living our dream. We are also thankful that Bob's passing, while untimely, was without the sort of pain and suffering that often must be endured by myeloma patients.

We are parked on the street at the Tousey residence (map), where we have been since leaving the VA hospital. The neighbors have been very accommodating, although we have overstayed the nominal 72-hour on-street parking limit. Shortly, we will move over to the Sunnyvale Elks lodge, which has water, power, and a dump station. It is short drive away, and we will shuttle back here daily by car.

It was nice to be able to stay right here when we were needed most -- through the burial in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, and the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday. Moving forward, we will be helping Edith sort through a lifetime of Bob's belongings, a task which will easily take us through the end of the year. A public memorial service for Bob will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto at 10am on December 5th.

The Christmas holiday will be a difficult one, and Edith has made the decision to spend it away from the house. I was able to get some last-minute discount reservations for Hawaii, a destination that, at one time, we had discussed visiting with Bob. Though his absence will certainly be felt there, I think it will be good to get away. We'll be leaving Odyssey here in the bay area, kenneling the pets, and taking off for Hawaii on December 15th, returning on the 26th.

I have not forgotten my promise to post here some thoughts on Mexico. Astute readers may have realized that I had entered most of a fairly long post on the 15th when the call came in about Bob, and I hurriedly closed that post with said promise. I hope you will forgive the fact that we have been somewhat preoccupied. I will follow through as soon as time permits.

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