Friday, March 14, 2008

Refugee

Bump and I were planning to pack up half the condo and move it to a storage unit this weekend. The place needs less furniture to show well, and we thought it would be easier to paint and recarpet with less stuff around.

At around two o'clock, my mother called to tell me my father is having open-heart surgery tomorrow. My office had to pull me off the House floor to deliver the news.

I hopped on a 5:30 flight to Sioux Falls and didn't have time to stop at home to pack. I bought some tee shirts at the Minneapolis airport, and had the cabbie stop at a drug store for underwear and socks.

I had a new toothbrush and some toothpaste in my desk drawer, courtesy of my last dentist visit. I have an extra script for prenatal vitamins in my briefcase which I'll fill from the pharmacy in the hospital.

My mother is a mess. Bump is overwhelmed at the prospect of caring for two kids while packing and moving large pieces of furniture. My dad is subdued by the thought of serious surgery and his own obvious mortality.

I haven't had time to think. I have never gotten on a plane with literally no luggage and only the clothes on my back. I'm holed up in an hotel room straight out of 1962, but it's surprisingly clean and even more shocking: wi-fi enabled.

Bright side? Other than the wi-fi? I'll buy a few more clothes here as I am able, and maybe the new ones will actually fit me right now - as opposed to everything I currently own. In the meantime, damn am I going to be sick of this suit.

12 comments:

Michele said...

Hey, I dont know what your religious leanings are (or arent) but I am going to ask my Mom and her church lady friends to pray for your Dad. They are a pretty powerful group. They scare me.

Hang in there.

Ken and Belly said...

Wow, that's awful in about 27 ways. Will be thinking of you. Um, enjoy your visit to the Empire Mall?

The Spunky Mommy said...

OH! Lots of hugs and support - hang in there. Maybe there's a TJ Maxx or mall near the hospital - pick up something nice and comfy to wear. Our thoughts and well-wishes are with you and your family!

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

We're thinking about you and your Dad. I talked to Bump yesterday and offered to help with the kids so he can get some packing done.

Tell Lumpyhead we got the new They Might Be Giants DVD. I know it isn't letters, but numbers are pretty cool too.

(Sending good vibes towards the North West)

MoD said...

What a whirlwind. I hope the surgery goes well and there's peace at the end of this story.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Thinking of you.

bozoette said...

I'm holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie said...

That stinks. I hope your dad's recovery is quick!

Xdm said...

Good luck to Pa Lumpyhead's Ma. He's going to feel like he's been hit by a truck. And you will probably feel the same emotionally. xox

Em said...

Hang in there. I'm glad you could go to be with your parents. God, what a year they have had.

I will be sending all of the good energy I can muster out your way.

Bump's got some good friends who can help out. And I am sure he will get through it somehow.

Auntly H said...

E'Yoak just finished mid-terms. I can send him to you for spring break if you need an extra friend around. I don't know if he'll go for helping Bump move furniture and small children, though.

runnermom said...

I'll be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way. Hang in there!