Sunday, May 22, 2011

Summer Saturday

I can't even tell you what a perfect day yesterday was.  (but I am going to try)

I got to start the day at my own pace, and not at 6 am, either.  I had the nicest sleep in I've had in FORever, and then, as none of my company (Brads mom and her husband are here) was up yet, I sat at the wee table in the bay window of my bedroom and read.  A book.  I have so little time for reading, what with the going to bed way too early so I can up way too early.

And then I went downstairs and had coffee with my mother-in-law, who is one of the nicest, kindest, most wonderful people on the planet. And once we were all up, we played games, we watched a hockey game, we went out for ice cream to the DQ just down the street that turned into a drive to the mountains, poking around waterfalls and meandering around curvy swervy dirt roads. (note to self:  Bring your knitting, even if you are just going down the street for ice cream.  You can stick in your bag.  No-one will have to know.)

This visit is especially precious because Mom started chemotherapy last month, and is in between feeling like absolute death and getting her next shot, and they wanted to quickly take a trip while they could.  Five days before they left her husband fell and broke a rib, but a little thing like a broken rib doesn't stop him.  (did I mention he's 81?)  They DID take the 15 hour drive from their place to ours in two days this time, "just so we didn't get too tired, but really, I think we could have kept driving".  Feisty folk, the pair of them.

There are two things Mom loves about driving through back roads.  One of them is singing hymns, and we sang hymns until our voices gave out, and then we sang them some more.

The other is seeing wildlife, and I can't tell you the countless hours we have spent, in the past, yodelling and calling out windows for bears or moose to show themselves.  Yesterday I had a private chat with God, and asked Him to send Mom a moose.  I have lived in Calgary for almost 20 years.  Brad and I LOVE road trips.  I have seen moose once. 

We were counting mailboxes on rural fence posts and joking that maybe, just maybe, we should collect them and build our own moose out of them, when TechnoBoy said "Or we could just look at the moose up there on the road."  And there she was.  Perfectly silhouetted against the sky and as we got close, she picked her ungainly way across the road, stopping at a chest high fence, which she then stepped over with almost no effort.

My mother in law is the first person in my life that loved me unconditionally.  (caveat - there may have been others before her, but love is not what Mom does, it's what she is.  She's the first place I noticed it.)  The first time I met her, she was watching at the window as TB and I drove up, and she came tearing out of the house, to MY side of the car, wrenched the door open and gave me the biggest hug in the universe.

Whatever happens in the next several months, I have this, this perfect gift of a day with her, and birdhouses along fence posts to remind me of it.

8 comments:

darien said...

Yay...the moose is not a myth, at exactly the perfect time.

joyce harback said...

When my nephew and his wife were here from Nashville, she prayed to see a list of 6-7 animals (bear, moose, etc) and we saw them all. Love those good gifts God gives to his children. Glad it was a good day.

Bailey said...

What a great thing, to have such a terrific MIL - you are blessed, and sharing it with us brought tears to my eyes :)

Marcia said...

Such days to cherish are indeed gifts from God. So glad you all had this one. :)

Heather Plett said...

Hey - I know a woman JUST like that! ;)

Glad you had such a lovely day.

Colleen Taylor said...

What a scrumptious day. Thank you for sharing it with us ...

Marj Drury said...

A little misting up at this location too. Such a wonderful day you had...then just magnified it for all of us to see. Best part of all...the Lord Himself came out magnified and glorified and all that other neat stuff. Good gifts, for sure. Blessings on your all. Thanks again for sharing your life with your readers. You have no idea......

Rhonda said...

I can't tell you how much I love your mother-in-law description and the moose. Yesterday, I walked around Carburn in anguish of soul and God distracted me with12 of my favourite kind of ducklings. Their mom was so overwhelmed she wasn't even trying to keep them in line so one swam almost to my feet and proceeded to do a series of adorable dives. These are the moments I know He loves me.