Day 177, Year 7: Counting My Blessings
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Weather: Still Overcast with Occasional Mist
Location: Brewer Fiddler’s Cove Marina, N Falmouth, MA

Mark’s not feeling great, the weather is crappy, the work on the deck is not
getting done, but one photo changes all of that. This afternoon Mark went
with me to pick up Sam and Jonah and then we both spent the afternoon at
Heather and Jed’s. Mark slept on the sofa with Oliver and through the lens
of my camera I saw just how much we have to be thankful for. Oliver’s hand
with such smooth soft skin next to Mark’s hand, rough through years of use,
brought tears to my eyes. How lucky we are to be here, close to
grandchildren, while Mark is going through these months of chemotherapy. He
is smothered in love from Sam, Jonah, and Oliver as his body is fighting
this battle, and I’m certain that love will win. Then tonight we had a
Skype call with Justin, Jo, and Ziggy. Ziggy was having a late afternoon
nap. We watched him sleep through much of the call, but finally he came to
life. He looks like he has doubled in size since we were there at
Christmas. It is so hard being so far away, and soon it will be doubly hard
when Ziggy’s baby sister is born. But we are conjuring up ways to get the
whole family together in the fall. So tonight, instead of complaining about
those things that are not perfect right now, all I can really do is count my

120503 Day 177 Cape Cod, USA–Oliver and Granddad