Unexpected Good News

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Aunt Joan used to have scads of these lovely purple crocuses in her front yard, and sometimes they’d  be in bloom before all the snow melted.

I was preparing this morning’s hymn when the phone rang. It was the social worker at the hospital calling to advise me that my aunt would be returned to the nursing home either later today or tomorrow. Her condition has stabilized and she is out of danger. Again.

Thank you all for your prayers on our behalf: and thank you, Lord, for hearing them.

8 comments on “Unexpected Good News

  1. This is wonderful news, Lee. I feel like I know your Aunt Joan. Maybe you could tell us more about some of the places she has visited.
    Our unusual warm Springlike weather is causing many of our bulbs to already send blades above the surface of our garden – they are confused 🙂

    1. Just offhand–and remember, this was before passenger jets–I recall her and her sisters going to Norway, Iceland, Germany, England, Guatemala, Egypt, East Africa, and Australia. And I’m sure there were other destinations that slipped my mind. In those days you couldn’t go to any communist countries, or they would’ve been there, too.
      Joan and her unmarried sisters, Millie and Gertie, started small, touring the USA as far as Yellowstone Park and Alaska, usually by bus. Aunt Gertie never did lose her love for bus tours. I remember when she phoned from Niagara Falls, once, in 1987, to tell me she’d just bought my first book, “Lifeblood,” in the store at the bus terminal. And then the first thing she did was read the last chapter, which ruined the surprise ending that I’d planned so carefully.
      Joan and her sisters each held the same job their whole working lives. She and Millie were school administrators, so they had every summer off.

    2. You should’ve seen their slide shows, and their photo albums. Joan had a darkroom in the cellar, developed all her own pictures.

    3. So they went overseas on boats? Did they keep journals? Before WWI you could go to most countries in the West without even needing a passport. Thanks for sharing, Lee.
      They say you can learn a lot about life by talking to the elderly. Well, now I am elderly but none of the kids I work around ask me much of anything – too busy looking at their cell phones.

    4. They always used to go by ship, until they switched to airlines–but those were prop planes, not jets, and some very long flights across the oceans.

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