It dawned on me last night that I won’t get to see Sue for the next ten days, except for an hour or two. Things just lined-up that way with our schedules.
This week she is on business travel in New York City. She left in the middle of the night (3:30am) and won’t be home until very late Thursday (close to midnight). I’ll be up and driving to Wheeling, West Virginia on Friday to get there by ten o’clock for a court-ordered civil trial procedure. I expect this will take most of the day. When done, I’ll swing by Morgantown to spend Saturday with Kari. This I am really, really, really, looking forward to doing. No sooner than when I get home on Sunday, Sue will be heading out again for another three days of business travel.
Make no mistake, this is much tougher on Sue. For one, it is her that is away from her children (notice I didn’t say me too?). Also, think about this, she opts to leave in the middle of the night — instead of the evening before — so that she can spend a few extra hours with Ryan. The same happens on the backend too. Instead of coming home on Friday she makes a late commute so she again gets a little more time with Ryan. Yes, this is just another example of what makes her an unstoppable mom. The thing is, this is nothing new. She’s been doing it all along.
On a more fun note, Sue drove the adapted-van (donated by Koons Automotive) for the first time on Saturday evening. I had to laugh when she was confused by not needing a key to start the engine. If truth be told, I did the same thing (since our other cars are at least ten years old). I taught her how to secure Ryan’s wheelchair with the tie-down straps and off we went on official “Ryan Business” like picking up prescriptions and depositing checks; to cover some hefty expenses that must be paid this week. Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure?
After getting home, Ryan was settled into bed for the night. Before the house was quieted and darkened, Duke snuggled-up to Ryan. Actually, it took some time to get Duke in this position. He just wouldn’t leave Ryan alone!
He was insistent on licking his face, like he was trying to get him to wake up. It was interesting to see how both were reacting.
Ahhhh, a boy and his dog!
What I found intriguing is how well Ryan rested that night. One of his best nights since he was attacked. He seemed peaceful and (dare I say) content when I checked in on him throughout the night. It took everything in me not to just start hugging him.
He needs his rest.