Yesterday I learned of two meaningful gestures of support that put me in such a good place right before my surgery. A while back following an amazing week in New Orleans with my cousin Katie, she mentioned that she wanted to get a tattoo with a theme based on our road trip. So yesterday when she texted me a photo of her existing fleur-de-lis tattoo newly enhanced with “Today is My Best Day” followed by my name, I was truly honored! Cousin, I’ve always thought of you as one of the most thoughtful people I know, and so considerate of everyone around you. You put a smile on my face at just the right time.
And thoughtfulness knows no age limit, especially when it’s cultivated by such a wonderful family. Last night, John’s daughter Sam brought over to the house her Powder Puff Derby race car which she carved and painted herself with a “Ride in a Good Direction” theme. She blew me away with this hot rod symbolizing our journey! For anyone not familiar with the Powder Puff race car, it’s the Girl Scout’s version of the Pinewood Derby. We’ve grown to know Sam as an incredible performing artist on stage as well as with her artwork. I’m honored once again, and Sam I know that you and Christina are going to do well in the races Saturday!
I couldn’t have been in a better place for this surgery. We had a nice relaxing day at home with great visits from Brendon and the Zimmerman family, followed by a nice night at Mom and Dad’s with a visit from Ryan. My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 Friday morning, but we were asked to arrive at 5:30 to complete all of the preliminary work. As I crashed at midnight at my parent’s house with my alarm set for 4:30 in the morning, I was sure I would not be one of those people waking up in the middle of my surgery.