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April 14, 2010: Run for Your Life

My daughter Mary is home in Winterset to tape some TV episodes with me. When she came flying down the escalator late last night at the Des Moines airport, we ran joyfully to each other's arms, thrilled that we'll be working together for a couple of weeks.

Earlier in the day, I tidied the three upstairs rooms that were once my daughters' bedrooms, wondering which one Mary would choose for her stay. Some sixteen months ago, after surgery at Mayo Clinic followed by many complications, Mary was in Winterset with Mark and me for much of the winter as she tried and tried to recuperate.

I smoothed quilts and fluffed pillows, remembering how my ill child occupied each bedroom for several weeks. We kept hoping if she changed rooms, she might feel better. As it turned out, until an ongoing infection was addressed by new doctors in Chicago, nothing I could do would really help. Even after that, more surgeries, setbacks, and compromises were ahead.

Today the spring morning dawned under blue skies. I was drinking coffee in the kitchen when I heard Mary come downstairs. She was dressed in running shoes, shorts, and T-shirt. With no Bikram yoga studio locally, her plan is to run the streets of her old hometown each day.

When asked how she slept, Mary replied, "Great, Mom, and I woke up smiling—it's so wonderful to be home!" And off she went.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will wake up smiling.


Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | Comments3 Comments | References4 References

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I'm so happy to hear she's doing well. I've wondered about her!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpam

I saw the 1601 show today, missed Liz but always enjoy the show

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I really do appreciate your feedback. I'm still struggling with the technology but I wish everyone all luck with this competition. I've been pinned down with a sick grandchild and today a very sick daughter - both with gastric flu which afflicts us all at this time of year - so this is the first moment I've had to get to the computer fykihf fykihf - mulberry alexa.

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