Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Day 204 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
I seem to have some sort of sixth sense for when Meghan is awake, and to test my feeling I sneaked down the stairs and peeked into her room. She was rubbing her eyes and looking around, so I crawled into bed with her and we discussed breakfast.
We don’t really make plans for the day; just sort of take it moment by moment. The kids however wanted to know what we were going to do. I ran through several ideas, but they wanted me to take them to the park or to a friend’s house. Not really having the confidence driving here (other than to drop them off or pick them up from school) I opted for science experiments.
The first day I was here I started in with the baking soda and vinegar trick, which fascinates my kids for at least an hour. Hannah and Connor are no different. I taught them about PH scales and we used some test strips to figure out what household items are acidic, neutral, or basic. I figured out I’m a crumby chemistry teacher and even though I know it in my head, explaining it to someone else is a garbled mess of words.
Sometimes I just can’t find the words.
And that’s okay, we just would sort of shrug and work through it. A little clumsy, but we got by—and you’ve probably figured out that I’m talking about more than just chemistry.
Later in the day, Meghan and I geeked out on writing and story plotting. She has a great premise for a story and so we broke it into chunks and story ideas. She wants a project to do next week to help her pass the time. And I LOVE writing, so it was the perfect task to kill some time. A lot of this aftermath of surgery is just killing time for her body to heal, for the pain to go away, for the adjustment of what comes next.
Right after surgery, Meghan needed a lot of sleep to heal. I’ve noticed she has needed less and less sleep lately. A sign that she’s getting better? I hope so.
At night Justin smoked some ribs and another friend of Meghan and Justin’s came over. Hannah left with them for a sleepover. The girls played with Meghan’s wigs before they left.
I leave tomorrow morning. It’s so weird. I feel like I just got here, yet it also feels like I’ve gained the wisdom of forty years.