Its been a busy few days of chasing normality. Kath’s back is still really bad, but she is doing her best to lead a normal life despite the new challenge. She managed to get through the MRI last night, so hopefully we will get to the bottom of it. She really had to dope up on the pain meds– 3 different types maxed out and even then, it was almost too much. Here she is looking a little giddy after popping many pills under the religious tech poster. Saint Technician of the Toroidal Ring order. Praise be to GE? 🙂
Today we went to a play! We used to go a lot to Stratford and the Shaw. As she has to sit in a very particular way to control her back pain, we brought the wheelchair along to the theater. We went to see Cafe Daughter in a very small and intimate setting. Its a play acted by just one performer, so the size was perfect. Drew’s partner Richard is the stage / production manager from the troupe and it was great to see his craft in action. A very powerful production. One actor telling a story from many voices. Very emotional, very well done. After the show, off to our favorite Saturday cafe (Nougat) along with the ‘cast’ so to speak. Lovely young lady who has a great deal of talent. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in bigger venues in the future.
Yesterday, Kathleen’s work colleagues came by to visit and cheer her up. It sure worked. She was just glowing in all the attention after. Its hard for Kathleen to give up work. She loved what she did and loved the people she worked with. She was very touched that they all came by with such warm wishes and delicious dishes. We are both the type of people who derive much of our identities and self worth through what we do. Cancer steals that role from you and you then have a new part to play. But as they say, there is no such thing as small parts, only small actors. That makes Kathleen the biggest star in my books.
The star of the play, PJ Prudat, Worlds greatest Mother-in-Law, and the star of my show.
So amazing to have you all there today for the show! And awesome to hang out for lunch after too. Love to you all! xxx
Dear Mike and Kathleen,
Great to go to the theatre. We were just remembering our visit to the Shaw festival a few years ago with you guys. There was a huge thunderstorm and I remember Kathleen plowing through all that wind and rain, esp on that bridge with the lightshow off on the lake. That was a fun trip.
Oh what a super weekend you all enjoyed. Mike, your posts and writings are phenomenal, as I write this with tears streaming down. Your Mom-in-law, a. Beauty, inside and out, who, has also brought such joy and teachings to me, (an out-law) is steadfast and an inspiration to all. Another gorgeous photo! Cancer, cannot win against all these blessings we have in our lives. Happy tears I shed, In that you all enjoyed such a wonderful family and friends weekend together!
Love Colleen (and Terry)