Liquid Amber Turning
For some reason, Autumn is the time when momentous milestones have occurred in my life. For example, I kissed my husband for the first time and fell in love with him during this season. Maybe its because my birthday is in the Autumn that life-changing events happen at this time of year for me. I don't know.
This year we are experiencing change in our lives in a very different way. My father-in-law has just spent the last two weeks in a Bay Area hospital 3 1/2 hours away from his home with my mother-in-law lovingly by his side as he has gone through the life-altering experience of having a cancerous tumor surgically removed from his esophagus. As I have had the privilege of caring for him many times during this past 2 weeks, sitting by his bedside, we have talked about things that we normally wouldn't talk about. He will be heading home in the next day or so to continue to regain his strength so he can then face chemotherapy in order to win his battle with the cancer that came out of nowhere only a couple of months ago to invade his life as he and Mom knew it.
I admire Dad for his courage, his tenacity, and his faith during this ordeal. I admire my husband for being a stalwart son and giving beyond any capacity I thought possible and having energy that seemed endless. I admire my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for making sacrifices without hesitation to form a support system around their father and mother that is strong and firm. I've witnessed so much love, devotion, and sacrifice the past few weeks. It has been awe-inspiring and has permanently changed my heart.
Yes, Autumn is a season of change in so many ways.
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