Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I hope that you have all had a restful weekend, or at least some really good stories to tell as to why it wasn’t restful! We have enjoyed our 3 day weekend so much that I almost forgot that the kids still have 2 days of school. Speaking of school…I would like to add a quick aside while on the subject. It is a core part of how I teach to educate kids on the importance of our language, and how the use of our language can help, or hurt, us in our lives. While I do not consider myself a master wordsmith, I do hope that I can, at least, convey my thought s fairly clearly. When I can’t do that, then I resort to writing music! Many classes of mine have included talks about paying attention to what we say, and how, if we are not careful, that can be used against us. I have tried to inspire more than one to spell correctly, use complex, complete sentences, and to actually think about what they are saying. Now, a new lesson comes to mind. I, in lipping channels, saw one more news story about someone leaving someone, again, and how it seems to be the rule and not the exception. It occurred to me that if these people really knew what it meant to stay with someone “in sickness and in health,” that they might not rush so quickly in to these things. I’m not bringing up any religious sanctity, or holy vows, rather I am bringing up a legal contract in which two people gather witnesses to swear a lifetime (or longer) of allegiance to one another. If we so readily break this agreement in our society, then what is our society worth? Teddy Roosevelt said, in a speech at the University of Versailles in 1910, that the quality of our society, unlike monarchies and dictatorships, would be determined by the quality of the average citizen. I have seen great qualities in people through this ordeal. The outpouring of love and generosity has made our family believe in humanity again. That being said, maybe we can teach our children the value of not making quick and shallow promises, and to keep the promises that they make. But I digress…..
Katy is doing very well. Her wounds are improving daily, in spite of nurse that doesn’t show up, or bother to call when she isn’t showing up. I do her wound care, and her wounds are healing at an amazingly fast rate (though I’m sure Katy wishes it was MUCH quicker). She is still getting her equilibrium back, and sitting for extended periods is tough for her, but she is working out daily to continue her improvement. We do have our first appointment at the prosthetist tomorrow. It will be her first fitting for her body-powered arms. There will be several fittings before she goes to “prosthetic boot camp” in July (that is NOT its real name….but I call it that), but it still feels good to be doing something other than sitting around the house. We are both going a little stir crazy being home so much. It is hard, for two people who love our work as we do, to not work. The good news is that I am going to start teaching at our Kingwood home again. Anyone reading that is in the area and wants lessons, e-mail me. I will write more after we get back from the prosthetics tomorrow. Have a GREAT week!
Love to all,