Sunday, April 19th 2020
Without going into too much detail, the world as she knew it was just too much to take this afternoon and Darling Daughter packed essentials into a bag and headed out the door.
THANKFULLY I was able to catch up to her in time. (Especially as we are in a global pandemic!) And THANKFULLY she let me take her for a ride in the car. I just drove around looking for pretty things to show her, making occasional small talk. THANKFULLY she eventually started to open up, unburden herself a bit and finally come back home.
The next day we unpack the bag and she shows me the inventory; Pillow, blanket, wallet, a couple tiny stuffed animals, her lavender and crystal for self-soothing, a couple pocket knives, pencils and sticky notes, ID card with a gerbil on it, kaleidoscope, snow scraper, a couple of gems, a lego, some yarn and a little good luck fairy in a jar.
She does all this to make sure I understand how serious she was, as explained on this sticky note:
THANKFULLY she is home safe, and we have enjoyed some extra special time in her new secret book fort.
I am so thankful -and lucky!- every day that she is home safe.
Thank you Dear Daughter, for coming home safe and being willing to live with us.
Love you very much, CJ. Guess what: Mary is turning into you. She’s found a book series she likes, graphic novels about “Zita” and she gets lost in them for hours. I look forward to hanging out with you again soon. Kisses…
CJ I have you and my other grandchildren in my prayers every day and I want you to know I feel the same way that I need to get out of the house but we need to make sure we are safe from this unseen enemy. When I was your age the polio virus was causing everyone to stay at home and avoid contact with others. My younger brother Sherm contacted polio and became paralyzed for a time but with much active therapy recovered. My cousins from Minneapolis came to live with us for a while as Minneapolis was a hot spot. Finally they developed a vaccine but it took about ten years. What can I send you that will help make your time go easier? Love you very much GP…