Aaaaaaaand She's Off!

The phone rang at a little after 11 a.m. on Friday morning, 24 and a half hours after J and I locked our door and headed out to catch the bus to Narita Airport. It was Mom and J confirming J's safe arrival at The Cottage. I passed the news on to an anxious S who then asked if J had access to a fax machine as he had additional homework that had been delivered by a classmate. Some summer vacation these kids get; they have loads of homework and then final exams about a week after they get back to school in September.

The elementary school assigns a little homework to keep the kids in the habit of sitting down and studying for 5 or 10 minutes a day but N sat down and did it all right after she got home from the last day of school on Thursday. A craft project and poster project are all that remain. All the children are expected turn in a list of the books they've read over the summer so I expect we'll be visiting the library a few times to restock.

I don't know if it's chemo brain or not but I have trouble concentrating and get very sleepy after about 20 pages of any book these days so I expect my supply of paperbacks to last all summer before I have to take them to a used book store to exchange for more. Without any treatments now, I get a little anxious about not doing anything to fight cancer so I've started a diet to get down to a less tiring weight. Self prescribed no sugar, low fat, lots of vegetables, lots of water and regular walking is the plan for now. The kids all had to taste my tunafish and tomato salad and there wasn't much left for me for lunch.


Anonymous said...


Congratulations on the last chemo. We're all thinking of you and wishing for a speedy return to feeling yourself. We can't wait to see J a couple of times.

Jesse, Lisa, Finn, and Ammon