Pokémon Parkour

We are eyeball-deep in schoolyard humor. Gone are the days of that catchy My Little Pony rhyme.  We’ve almost forgotten the Y camp sing-along mantra of Hell-o.  My name is Joe.  I live at Cost-co, I play the ban-jo, and I own Michael Ange-lo.  Or the ever more popular: My…

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Home

My oh my, I haven’t provided an update in quite some time.  We’ve been holding down the fort for the past six weeks.  And boy this fort has some vulnerabilities.  The good news is that James has finished his six weeks of radiation, as of Tuesday, and is now home with…

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Almost Friday

I had a rough day today.  I woke-up after a sleepless night with a body-racking cough.  Stumbled downstairs in the dark, only to be faced with Nate’s balled-up white shirt and sock on the counter… a reminder of the dinnertime “ketchup explosion” two nights ago.  The new box of cold delivered…

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Heartburn

Sometime in November, Jacob experienced his first case of heartburn.  I’m not exactly sure what we had for dinner that night, but he came to me on the couch, complaining that his heart hurt.  He was pressing on his chest and breathing deeply and anxiously pacing back and forth.  I…

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Valentimes

Crazy to think that this past autumn, almost exactly twenty years ago, I met James in college here in San Luis.  And it took us all that time to strategize and plan and finally make it back…  We still laugh about the Valentine’s Day when he took me to dinner…

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Jakey’s Valentine’s Day

First, I went to school.  Second, I did all of my classes, and then this is where it begins: I went to my backpack and got my bag of sweets and Valentine’s cards.  They have Ninja Turtles and smell like pepperoni pizza.  Then I passed them out to everyone in the “yellow” group.…

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Bedtime

It’s the end of Week Two and I’m sure you’re all wondering… Where is Jaimie?  How is James doing?  Why haven’t there been any updates on the blog? What is HA-PPEN-ING? In a word: bedtime. I’ve been putting Jacob to bed twelve times a night.  And then it’s 10:30 and…

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Consolation Prize

We’re part way into Week Two and it’s raining.  It’s raining so much in Santa Cruz that James is trapped over the hill and has to spend the night at Matt and Dr. Antsy’s.  Hopefully things will clear up and he won’t have to rent a helicopter to rescue Granddad and…

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Sunday

It’s Sunday night and we’ve survived Week One of our Six Week Retreat of Healing. James has been settling-in at Granddad and Grandma Suzy’s this week, commuting to Los Gatos for his daily radiation treatments, and doing his best to balance staying busy and not wearing himself out.  He had…

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