Most of you know that recently Cam was away for a month. While he ventured off to Kampen in the Netherlands, Calvin and I held the Clausing fort here in Edinburgh. It sure was a month!
Now that he is home and all is right with our wee world here, there are a couple of things that are worth mentioning:
- One month is a very long time! The days are long, but the years are short. I am told that time is always the exact same length, but this last month felt like Joshua 10 when the sun stood still over Gibeon. I am pretty sure seconds last longer and the days have more than the normal 24 hours in them. How does that happen? I know, I’m no physicist but I’m going to go out on a limb and just say that time changes.
- Patience is a virtue. I must confess that I started out the month with some very grand plans. Calvin and I were going to do this and going to do that, and when he was sleeping I was going to read this and going to complete another task. But, as the days came and went I was more concerned about staying awake than ticking off my master list. Oh, and then there was 2.5 year old constantly on the go. I was convinced early on in the month that Calvin knew that Dad was not home and thus he was working out how far he could shift the goal posts, so let’s just say that there may be a period of readjusting in the first week upon Daddy’s return. Thus, patience was very much tested.
- I wasn’t really alone. Ok, so I really was, but not only did I get a visitor from the States for one whole week, which I am convinced, was a life saver for me, but I had plenty of people popping their heads in, albeit, virtually. A number of friends and family, both locally and from afar, sent me wee messages just to check in. I felt like I had people on the side lines cheering me on to the finish line. Local friends offered tangible ways of support. Our church here even provided meals for my last week without Cam. You see, I wasn’t that alone.
- A month ends! Looking back I certainly felt like I climbed a mountain, and though I probably was limping by the end, it ended and normalcy is entering in.
- Oh… and how did the month end? Let’s just say that once there was a phone, some water and now some rice…not sure how this fairy tale will end (and this time it was not the toddler’s fault).
- Welcome home!