Today the doctor finally called to let me know that Lucy’s CT scan showed no sign of cancer. There is just one lymph node which appears to be a little inflamed due to Lucy’s gallstones. So there has been a lot of rejoicing in our house today!
Yesterday I treated myself to something special for Mother’s Day. In the afternoon I drove to the town of Marshall, which is where Lina went to college. Her former piano professor is retiring, and to celebrate his amazing career, several of his former students came back to the university to put on a recital in his honor. One of them was Lina’s dear friend Jennifer. Another was a former classmate of Lina’s and once a student of mine too.
Well. It was sublime. After suffering through no less than three botched renditions of Londonderry Air on Saturday, I needed some musical excellence. This recital exceeded my hopes, as I knew it would. Dr. Sulton is nothing if not a stickler for excellence. I reveled in pieces by Dvorak, Bach, Liszt, Ginastera, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff. All that beauty flooded into my soul and I couldn’t stop smiling.
The opening duet by Dvorak was a tour de force by a former student and Dr. Sulton himself, who stepped in almost at the last moment for another student who injured her finger. Later there was a fabulous rendition of Danse Macabre on two grand pianos. I admit I have a particular weakness for this piece and I was so tickled it was part of the program.
So anyway, it was well worth giving up part of my usual Sunday nap for. I had to rush through the reception but at least I got to hug Jennifer and Natalie and congratulate Dr. Sulton. I showed him the message that Lina had sent me about how grateful she is to him. He hates being the center of attention but he bore it bravely. It’s definitely the end of an era at that university.
On the way home, I tried to initiate a video chat with Lina (I have a phone holder on the dashboard) because it was already late for her, but we couldn’t get it to work, so she just called me on the phone and we were able to have a nice conversation for at least a little while before she headed to bed.
Mercy and Lucy teamed up to make the dinner I’d requested—my favorite spinach salad, and for once even Janet was able to join us. Mercy and Daniel and Janet left shortly after supper, and I was planning on watching a movie with whoever remained, but then Flynn was free for a video chat so instead I talked to him and met his girlfriend and then Mary eventually joined the conversation also. So it actually was a pretty great Mother’s Day.
Today the fun continued with a video chat with Lina since we didn’t get long to talk yesterday, and also a gorgeous bouquet from Flynn arrived. Added to the lovely roses from Daniel, I am now reveling in floral riches!
I also started organizing my cake decorating supplies because before long I am going to need them when I start making the flowers for Mercy’s wedding cake.
This evening, I went for a walk. Walking used to be my favorite exercise, until the arthritis in my “bad” foot made it impractical. But today, I just wanted to see how I’d do, now that there is so much less weight on my feet. I made it all the way around our campus “loop,” which is about a mile. I have walked that route literally hundreds of times in the past, but for the last few years I have not been able to walk that far—until now. It is a small victory, perhaps, but a victory nonetheless. My foot hurts now. I’m still not sorry I went.