Today my mom traveled on the final journey of her life, from the hospital to the home she hasn’t lived in since early December. The next time her body is moved, she will no longer be living in it.
My mother has been well traveled over the course of her 87 years, and now she needs only rest and peace as she awaits her entrance to the undiscovered country. It took most of the day to get her released from the hospital and then transferred to the house and set up there. Now, she and my dad are at home alone together as they travel these last few steps in their marriage of 65 years. Dad plans to sleep in a recliner beside her bed so he can tend to any needs that might arise in the night. Please pray for them both.
Meanwhile, I taught my final live class today. Well, actually it was both live and online. One student came and the other one didn’t, so I included him online and he was able to see and hear everything we did. It just was very slow and there was a time lag every time someone spoke or I changed the picture on the screen. Hoping I won’t have this problem with Zoom, which I finally managed to get late this morning, because from here on out all my teaching will have to be online.
I thought I’d give you a little snapshot of what my family is up to during this crisis, since I know many of you know my kids.
Lina (in Nacogdoches, 60 miles away) is teaching online also for the rest of this school year. She has her cat to keep her company.
Flynn and Tiffany (in Colorado) are hunkered down at home with our adorable granddaughter Paisley. Flynn is able to work remotely and continue doing his job.
Mary and Jordan (in Memphis) are both working from home also. Jordan is teaching his university classes online and Mary’s job as a freelance media expert is home-based anyway.
Mercy (in Dallas) is at home for the time being since her library is currently closed. Her husband Daniel, however, has a job that is considered essential so he continues to work nights.
Spencer (here in town) continues to work for the cable company with very few concessions to the risk he’s taking. His work load has increased since so many “stuck-at-homers” want access to cable. His girlfriend Jade is losing her job after tomorrow and seems unlikely to find another one until after this crisis passes.
Lucy (here at home) is finishing her semester online, as is her boyfriend Tanner, who is staying in our guest room. They both still hope to work at a camp in Alaska this summer.
Jasper (here at home) is finishing up his senior year of homeschool and is still working part time on the campus in the grounds department. Even in a pandemic, grass still needs to be cut.
See these majestic trees? I pass them every day on my walk around the campus. Aren’t they beautiful? My husband planted them many years ago. In our student days, the main part of campus had almost no trees and very little grass. Back in the day, my husband, who worked for grounds at the time, decided to take on the project of planting some trees in this bare area near what was then the student center. People made fun of his spindly little saplings. Nobody’s making fun of them now. They’re beautiful! We never dreamed we’d be around to see these trees mature.