to my mom’s lovely flower garden in Marshall, IL.
I returned to my American small town last Tuesday to spend a month of my summer vacation time back in the U.S. Several events are planned during this time.
My father’s Veteran’s Association marker is now in and we are planning a small ceremony at our local cemetery to honor his service to his country and his life among us.
After many years at home taking care of my dad, my mother is now free to leave the house for extended periods of time. We have planned a road trip to Galesburg (7 hours drive for us) to visit Marilyn Greenfield, a retired teacher friend, and then train it to Chicago from there to enjoy the Windy City. Back to Galesburg to pick up the car and then it’s a stop in Lewistown to meet with my dearest friend, Virginia McCausland (in her 90’s), before finally landing back in Marshall.
Lao-Lao Soon to be Kenneled
At this moment, all arrangements have been made to take care of the house, including daily watering of the flowers my mother takes such pride in. Also booked is a space at our local veterinarian’s to look after Lao-lao, our Chinese immigrant. His debilitating jaw injury sustained on the streets of Chengdu years ago, not to mention his lack of teeth, makes him a special needs Chihuahua. I typed up a list of instructions how to prepare his food, clean his mouth afterwards (food gets caught and rots unless removed) and walking habits. I’ve even given tutorials to 2 of the assistants who’ll be caring for him, much to their chagrin.
Hey! It’s his first-ever kenneling! The little guy needs as much help as he can get among strangers.
After our return next Saturday, we’ll be expecting a visit from my uncle (mother’s younger brother) and his wife, traveling from North Carolina.
Last item on the “to-do” list is my newsletter, which will be mailed out the second week in August after its completion.
Thrown in will be daily early morning swims at our local pool, shopping trips to Terre Haute, IN, spending time at our local Chinese restaurant (the owners speak only Chinese, no English), mowing the lawn for my mom and stocking up on goodies to take back with me to China.
In other words, it’ll be a busy 4 weeks but one which I’m certainly looking forward to.
After a week, I’ll update you with tales of my travels with my mom, including pictures of our journey.
Until then, here’s wishing you Ping An (Peace) for your day!