ordinary days

What Goes On: Storm Stella, Chinese Food, and Kids Growing Up

By March 15, 2017 4 Comments

  1. We are stuck in a cozy Comfort Inn in Vermont after trying to make it home in Winter Storm Stella. I love it. The Professor looked around our room and said, “we really know how to to explode into a hotel room.”
  2. Our room smells like Chinese food and socks.
  3. I finished reading, SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult. It’s an unputdownable story about race in America. Really important stuff that many of us have the luxury of not thinking about. We need to think about it.
  4. We are now watching, Thor. It’s so bad. Or is that just me?
  5. We went to a water park and had loads of fun. I’m trying not to think, “this will be the last time we have a get-away before Cope is in college.” Again, trying not to think!
  6. Our friendly little basketball game turned into underwater wrestling, elbows, and a headlock. We’re not competitive or anything.
  7. We enjoyed a lazy river while the blizzard raged outside.
  8. We are enjoying two new games: “Oh, Snap!” and “Taboo” (thanks, Kim!)
  9. Our dear friend, Eric, passed away today after a three-year battle with ALS. It’s a terrible disease, but he and his family battled with such optimism and dignity. There were so many times I thought, “there is no way I could let someone help me the way he is letting me help him.” Eric was always so patient with me and everyone else, whether it was helping him use the bathroom or suctioning out his mouth so he could swallow. There have been many many tears, and yet I am grateful that I was allowed to be part of the pain. The pain now is because of all the love we feel for a remarkable family. Eric never shied away from talking about the hard stuff. He knew he was going to die. He helped all of us look it right in the eye and then that great storm Stella came calling for him. The last thing I said to him was, “I’ll see you on the other side,” and he said, “Yep.” And I believe that’s true.
  10. We are all growing up, aren’t we? The kids are getting older. Life is going by so fast, and yet “Life is long for those who know how to use it.” – Seneca. Trying to use it well. To be happy with the time we have.


  • KM Julius says:

    OMG we were just there this past weekend–and were saying we should just stay since the kids will be out of school due to the storm anyway! Had a GREAT time–it was -15 (without the windchill) but we skied anyway!! That lazy river felt good after!

  • Kate says:

    I’m sorry about your friend. ALS is a horrible disease. That water park looks like fun–which one did you go to? We’ve talked about going to Wolf Lodge, but of course, that means making a plan, and who has time for that?!

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    Oh my goodness Amy, I am so sorry about Eric. It sounds like he shared so much with you, and I know it’s one of those bittersweet things that hurts but you’re glad he blessed you with his life. I’m sorry you have yet another loss to grieve.
    On a lighter note, my book club literally just chose to read SMALL GREAT THINGS yesterday. Are we connected by metaphysical forces or what? Also, I just watched Thor this weekend too. I agree. My least favorite super hero movie ever, but Chris Helmsworth was okay to look at. 😉 And, yes, we’re kinda competitive too – I’m thinking our families shouldn’t meet on a soccer field.

  • Nina says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend.

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