My Trip to Georgia

by Stephanie on July 3, 2012 · 0 comments

in Family & Friends

I spent the last five days in Georgia visiting my parents.  I usually don’t make it down there in the summer but my Dad’s cancer diagnosis prompted me to make the trip.  I knew I would feel better about everything if I could just hug him and see that he is okay.  I was right!

He’s undergoing radiation right now and luckily the side effects have been limited mostly to being extremely tired.  I am thankful because I know it could be much worse.

We are big game players in my family so that’s what we did with most of our time.  We have worn out so many decks of cards over the years!  Spades, Shanghai Rummy (similar to Phase 10 without the special deck), and Farkle (a dice game) were played most often.  I love game nights! 

Fun Fact #1:  My friends from high school and even college loved to come over to my house and have my parents play cards with us.  Everyone loved my parents and they always loved for their house to be where everyone hung out.

Fun Fact #2:  A couple of my good friends continued to come over and play cards with my parents even when I wasn’t there.  I called home from London during my semester abroad once and felt like I was interrupting them!

It’s a good thing that we love games so much because were we pretty much stuck in the house.  It was over 100 degrees almost the whole time I was there which made it too hot to do much of anything!  We did go out to eat a couple of times and went to see a movie on the afternoon when the air conditioner broke.  Luckily someone came to fix it right away!  Then, on the last day I was there the heat broke due to a hail storm.

I had a few really good talks with my parents while I was there too.  It’s nice to talk in person.  We speak on the phone at least a few times a week but sometimes it’s not the same.  Especially since you don’t get a hug at the end. :)  We don’t always see eye to eye on things (like, I think, my wanting to repair a friendship with someone who hurt me) but they are pretty supportive even when they don’t agree and are always willing to lend an ear, even if they don’t know how to help.  They, along with a book I read this past weekend, helped me realize a few things.  More on that later though.

I wish I could have stayed longer but I feel much better having spent some time with them.  Plus, I really needed the break!

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