This day is a vast improvement over yesterday. I think we were both exhausted by trying to keep each other's heads above water that last day before I left for Vermont. Cripes, you'd think I'd have come out ahead, huh? In spite of the thrill of the first day of school for me, I crashed as did Chico. A reasonable night's sleep and the promise of great visitors and care for Chico helped us both greet this day from a stronger place.
It was a day full of light, challenge and life at school. I had so many interesting interactions with students. It was 'a good one,' as my mother in law would have said.
Chico was able to talk briefly on the phone with me tonight and hopefully will rest well. Each thing is such a huge effort for him. Still he puts his best, brave self forward. That is helpful to me.
I had the delight of two great visitors today. One I was actually available for, and for the other I was MIA-deep in the witnessing of a math lesson...but for the grace of a favorable interview process, that could have been me reviewing how to construct and label rays. Instead, I was able to observe a masterful teacher in that lesson. Anyway, I loved having been visited, checked in on, comforted. So heartwarming. It was helpful to be advised that yes, Chico does need a companion and advocate with him right now. Phew. I guess that's my job.
Oh, another visitor at home! As I was arriving on my porch, our mailman stopped by to check in with me/us. Genuine compassion. Heartfelt.
Dinner with Pam, Reinhold, Edgar, Cedric. Lucky me.
Less than 24 hours and I'll be back in Albany. I wonder how Chico's presence will feel compared to ... I don't know, have I been away 72 hours? Too much to calculate at this moment. No! Much less. It seems like an eternity.
Thank you friends, family and concerned acquaintences, for your ongoing support.