Home sick

In a few hours I will have been home for a week. On Saturday and Sunday we made the rounds of our kids and grandkids, a 6 and a half hours spent in the car which left me stiff and grumpy. But the hours spent in between with them were the most happy.  Saffi laughed and interacted with me in ways she had not been able to do when I left. Faro’s linguistic abilities make it hard to imagine a time when he could not converse as he does now. He is a very physical little boy and bounces up and down the couches, making forts from the pillows, and disappearing underneath. There is no sitting still except for meals, but only for a very short time.

Tessa and Steve are now married officially and have a ring tattooed on their finger. This means Tessa is on Steve’s health insurance, a sigh of relief from all of us.  The cost of health care in the US, when not insured, could ruin an entire extended family. The real wedding, in their eyes, is on September 16 next year and preparations are underway. It will be a do-it-yourself wedding at their house, followed the next day by a big potluck celebration.

I went to work on Tuesday and Wednesday and learned about a few more departures. The area where my cubicle sits has become rather empty; a place for 16 people now occupied by one person full time and three of us now and then.

Somehow, between Tuesday and yesterday I developed a full-fledged head cold, reminding me of my sick days in Madagascar. Whatever immunity I may have developed there didn’t help me ward of the North American virus responsible for my miserable state. I was going to take some personal days but one turned into a partial workday and the other is now officially a sick day.

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