Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rough Start to 2014

I'm very thankful that January 2014 is over, it was probably one of the worst months of my life. First, my grandmother died. She was my closest grandparent and one of the very few people in my family who really *got* who I am as a person and accepted me for who I am. We wrote letters back and forth all the time and over the years found that we had a lot of similarities and developed a really nice relationship.

On my way to her funeral I got stuck in Detroit where it was -6 degrees. Yes, that's right, 6 degrees below zero! For someone who lives in Florida, where it was 80 when I left, -6 was pretty darn cold! I don't even know what it was with the windchill but it was cold and windy that day and I wasn't prepared for it emotionally and I didn't have the right clothes for that level of cold. We were on our way to Massachusetts so I was prepared for 30 degrees, little did I know that "changing planes in Detroit" would mean that my next 6 flights got cancelled! We did make the most of it though and enjoyed the snow for a very, very, very short amount of time but I was still really bummed I missed the wake. Then another 3 cancelled flights in the morning and I missed the funeral and as it turns out, the last chance to see my grandfather alive.

 Bad photo of me but you get the idea! My ears were already red!

She was prepared and consequently was much, much warmer than I was!
A snowball!

Once all the flights got cancelled the second day and I'd already missed not only the wake but now also the funeral and the family dinner we were goin to have and my return flight left Providence LATER than my first plane was supposed to leave. I wanted to cry right there at the customer service line set up for cancelled flights. I missed the wake, the funeral and the dinner and deep down in my heart I knew that would have been my only chance to see my grandfather still alive. And? I was right, not even 24 hours after my grandmother's funeral my grandfather died. They were cute together, married for close to 62 years and he said "wherever she is, that's where my home is and I want to be with her. I don't want to live without her. And that's exactly what he did, only five days after her. Its really sad for the family to lose both in 5 days but they did have this very unique, special relationship and I knew if one went the other would be lost without them.
The third and final stressful thing that happened in January was my brother and his wife's adoption of a little baby girl I'll call E. In FL, the mom has 48 hours to change her mind but because this girl was part American  Indian she found out she had an extra 8 days to change her mind. And that's exactly what she did, even after my brother and his wife had had her all week! It was a heartbreaking experience for all involved, except the birth mom who was shopping around for an agency that would find her a family that had deep pockets.

Luckily the adoption totally worked out with a different baby only one day later, which could only have been a God thing. Either way, it was a rough start to the year and I was glad for January to be over!

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