Thank you to everyone for your very kind comments and wishes recently. Our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving today. I am very pleased to tell you that the Dafter’s health is beginning to show improvement. Her ears and throat are still bothering her, but she has a bit more energy, and she enjoyed her day:
And here are the Old Folks – the cook and his wife:
We had a fire:
And the sunset at 3:15 was beautiful:
We did feel truly grateful for our blessings:
The Dafter’s school has been meeting with the three of us, and as the amount of work she has already missed is quite enormous, they offered that she could go down a year. Naturally, the Dafter was sad about this for all the reasons you can imagine, but she herself said that it was the only realistic way forward. It means that, in her words, she will have a fourth new start in a year and a half (High School 1; High School 2; current year of High School 3; and now another year and class). But it takes an enormous amount of pressure off, and that can only help her to recover. We will have to continue to take one day at a time, and not have specific expectations. Another good thing is that my work, and also Michael’s, have agreed that we can rearrange our working hours after Christmas so that either one or the other of us can be working at home with the Dafter during the week. As our helper is leaving Aberdeen, and doesn’t drive, this will allow us to take the Dafter places in the car (school, doctor’s) until she’s fit enough to walk.
So we have a great deal to be thankful for, not least the Dafter’s enormous inner resilience through such a trying time. I continue to work on being calm and hopeful about the future. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent! I hope you’re all having a very good weekend.