White Dog and I anticipated a lazy morning of togetherness once Steve announced he was skipping yoga today. My sister and her son boarded the train mid-afternoon to begin their cross country move to Albuquerque and we hoped for a moment of quiet before the settling in storm when they arrive tomorrow. Both had previously lived with my dad and the three had sheltered and cared for each other; now they were relocating to be nearer to us and the support we could offer.
But it was not a lazy morning; as the excitement mounted in Chicago the phone calls needing reassurance increased until at last the train was underway. White Dog barked encouragement and safe travel wishes and nervously jumped every time the phone rang. Jesse stopped by with a few things that might be of use in their new apartment...and of course, visited with White Dog getting the full up-to-the-minute scoop.
Gregg and Candace and Dragon came by with lunch after yoga and wanted an update. Dragon sat next to White Dog, calmly, as we discussed ways to introduce my family to the area. Dragon volunteered to let Michael, my nephew, take him for walks. White Dog said she would supervise the move into the apartment. Candace has been a godsend finding programs that will offer them assistance with their disabilities...and Gregg continues to provide muscle power and encouragement.
Adam to stopped by next to see if the travellers were underway and to remind us that he, too, would be over to help get the newcomers settled in. White Dog thanked him and graciously allowed Dragon to play zoomies-smack the floor with her good friend.
Richard made an appearance to give hugs and belly rubs (White Dog was very appreciative as Richard gives the BEST rubs) before he went to the gym. He also wanted to know how the trip was going (past Princeton, IL at that point). White Dog woofed to remind him that the train was due at 4:55pm on Monday because he is going to help transport luggage from the station.
White Dog hopped up on the arm in my chair and together we surveyed our living room crowded with such loving, giving friends. "What a wonderful heart family we have," she whispered. "Even Dragon is right there helping your sister and nephew and nobody even knows them!" "The world can be such a beautiful place," I replied squeezing her paw and breathing deeply.
Thanks also to Kim and Shar, heart family who have been just as helpful even though they are in California. (My sister has just crossed the Mississippi as we write this). White Dog and I are so grateful and could feel you sharing with us this afternoon.