Today is the day that Devree and Shana leave for Memphis. As we were trying to get all of the information from St. Jude so that we could make flight arrangements, they told us that they would be buying tickets for Devree and one parent. Taking the same last minute flight with Devree and Shana had a price tag of $1100. So I had to make another plan, because we have to plan for long term. That meant making more inexpensive flight arrangements. Thank you Matt and Amber. (This is the part where sometimes it is hard to share.)
I’m sorry, but I have to throw in an extra paragraph here. Some of you would do whatever it takes to be on that plane with Devree and Shana. One of my new friends went with his wife and daughter for months and sacrificed his job to do so. In his situation, it was probably the right choice and made sense. We are planning for our situation.
As I wrote that last paragraph, it reminded me of my Dad’s analogy of “An Old Man, A Little Boy, and A Donkey.” As they started out, the old man was walking and the little boy was riding the donkey. As they passed traveler’s going in the other direction, they heard. “How terrible, that little boy is making that poor old man walk.” So the little boy got off the donkey and let the old man ride. The next people they passed said, “How terrible, that old man is making that poor little boy walk.” So the old man got off the donkey and they both walked. When they passed the next people, they heard, “How ridiculous, one of them should be riding that donkey.” It all depends on your perspective.
I have been learning how all of you feel. It is so hard to not be with Devree. She is just wonderful to be around, and I want to be with her so I can help. Then my thoughts are… If I can’t be with her, I want to get as much information as possible. The problem with that is… That I want to see a picture of Devree everyday, but I know that she won’t always feel ready for the camera. We can all relate to that.
Well, I need to go and help the girls get to the airport.