Sunday, June 20, 2010

Janie's Sendoff

The following are some notes I made the week after Janie's memorial service for eventual posting here at the blog. My intention was to fashion them into a more readable form, but in reviewing them again,  I've realized 2 things: One, I'm just not going to have the time to do that any time soon and Two, the somewhat disjointed feeling of the notes actually captures the busy pace of those last days. 

So please forgive the rough read this time....please feel free to'll still get the idea....and of course if you don't like reading stuff like this just skip it - that's fine too and you won't hurt my feelings...actually, I won't even know, will I?


As many of you know, Janie's dying came up rather suddenly. We had made the decision (as I'll explain below) to stop any more treatments, but for whatever reasons had thought we might be able to have (at least) the summer together.

So I thought I'd relate the last few weeks leading up to her death.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In Which The Inexplicable Is Explained to Me

Christine Besaw was a wingnut. She knew this because I would say it to her face. She'd bounce in to my 8th grade bible class and wouldn't know that I had seen her making goofy faces at my daughter Becca out in the hall.

"Good morning Mr. Booth," she'd say sweetly.

"Good morning Miss Besaw. You're a wingnut."

It turned out that Chrissy only had three more years to live.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jon & Tim Foreman's Dad

Donald Miller has a great post here about parenting without 'judging.'  I want to be a good listener like Jon & Tim Foreman's dad.

In other news, we're still hanging in. School is ending for the year and so we'll hit a new stride as summer kicks in. Carly said something about a summer to do list that included ninja classes and hang gliding. Not really...more like campfires, guitars and Jane Austen marathons. Ah, summertime....

Thanks for your you all!