Ever since getting out of the hospital I’ve been working as hard as I can to regain my independence. Initially, I was completely dependent on Shannon to get in and out of the shower, get dressed, prepare meals…everything. Although Shan is extremely patient with me and still takes up a lot of the slack, I do feel pretty independent at this point. Saturday morning was a huge milestone for me when for the first time since having my leg chopped off, I was able to contribute to the household chores by folding the laundry. A small contribution, but a huge achievement in my recovery.
With the laundry neatly folded, we were able to spend the beautiful Saturday afternoon at an Easter family reunion with the Welchs, a side of the family that we don’t see often enough. Mary organized a huge brunch at her house where we caught up with her & Jim, Fred & Marianne, Bill & Barb and family, Judy, Aunt Tish, Grandma Hoefen, and the Greisbergers. With a huge buffet of all kinds of great breakfast food it was hard to resist the amazing pastries, but there were so many healthy substitutes with Mom’s organic quiche, Mary’s turkey sausage, and a huge bowl of fruit.
Fred and Marianne were long time members of the University of Rochester family posse; we have family in just about every niche of the institution. However, Fred recently took a job offer that he couldn’t refuse at Yale in Connecticut. We were sorry to see them leave the area but have been thrilled to hear everything is working out well. In fact so well that they shared the love with t-shirts that say “Somebody at Yale Loves Me.” Haha, look for these in photos from the road, they will be worn with pride. Thank you guys and thank you Mary and Jim for the thoughtful motorcycle rabbits! I think they should start a new line with a sidecar.
On the drive home from the party I started to feel completely exhausted. I couldn’t help but crash in the passenger seat while Shannon drove. I was out until she woke me up excited about a family selling homemade Easter candy on the side of the road. For a modest price we got chocolate, sculpted and painted like masterpieces, and a photo op with the real Easter Bunny. When Shan asked for the deviled eggs, I thought she was crazy buying eggs in the hot sun on the side of the road. It honestly took me a minute to realize they were chocolate; they look so real.