This past Wednesday, J finally was able to return from Colorado. Waiting until his dad was moved from the hospital to the rehab after hip surgery, J started his 15 hour drive home all alone. I was worried, but luckily, he took his time and spent a night at a hotel outside of Childress, Texas, at about the halfway mark.
Safely home after 10 days. Whew. I know he’s been on a rollercoaster. His parents used to live only about 30 minutes from us until 2 years ago, and yes, in the midst of COVID, they moved up to Colorado. They had been talking about it off and on for several years, and honestly, I didn’t really believe they would do it being in their early 70s.
But, the housing market was great, and they were able to sell the house my FIL built in under 3 months the fall of 2020. I hated to see them go. With them close, we could see them whenever we liked and we, including my mom who lives next door, spent many holidays together as a family. J is also an only child, and very close to his parents.
But they were determined and very excited to make this change. I’m not really sure how much they thought it all the way through, but we definitely supported their decision 100%. They were tired of the weather here, especially. The heat and humidity are pretty relentless. If we could pick up and move (along with my mom, of course) we’d doing it in a New York minute.
And my in-laws have really enjoyed their new home. They can be outside much of the year. It gets cold for sure, but being in southern Colorado, while it does snow, it’s usually gone within a day or so. Probably January and February are the worst as far as their winter goes.
But, they’re gone. And while my husband travels at breaks to see them, I only am able to make it during the summer. Juggling chronic fatigue and working full time, I just can’t manage traveling, resting, then heading back to work, even if it’s a 2 week break, which only happens in December. I’m not complaining; I just wish I could see them more.
My FIL is doing well in rehab, getting PT daily. J, E, and her BF will be heading back up to Colorado for a holiday visit right after Christmas. Hopefully by then, my FIL will be back at his home.
I’ll be here, holding down the fort. 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great weekend. -b