Archive for the ‘Driving to Johns Hopkins’ Category

Scrambling to Get SY to JH
January 27, 2011

We stayed in Baltimore last night, and looking at the snow outside our hotel window, it is a good thing we did.

Getting So Young here yesterday was no small feat. School was canceled, so Laurie and Ann couldn’t drive. Dad would have driven, but he had an important meeting to attend. I had to go to work. Mom had to watch the kids.

I was just about ready to take a last-minute day off when Ellen called to save the day. She and Michael rushed to our house and got So Young to her appointment on time. They also took So Young to the hotel afterward, when I made a change of plans and left work early for Baltimore to beat the oncoming storm. Ellen reserved the room with her credit card since my online reservation didn’t go through. I later switched the reservation to my card, but how many people would stick their necks out like that?

All of that is to say that a lot of people sacrificed (or were willing to sacrifice) a lot for us on a day of overlapping crises. Once again, “thank you” seems inadequate.


Born for Adversity
December 30, 2010

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother [or sister] is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).

From James:

Yesterday, our dear friends Helen (who brought a meal for us Tuesday) and Erica (who did the photo shoot for us) drove So Young to Johns Hopkins. They left at around 8:15 a.m., and I believe they returned sometime after 3 p.m. — no small sacrifice of time, considering that they used a vacation day away from work in the process, but sisters like them are “born for adversity,” as the proverb says.


Helen and Erica

Helen’s sister, Sungjin, is driving So Young today. She had to find arrangements to watch her kids, and I know she has other things going on, so it isn’t easy, but Sungjin has always been there for So Young. Again, a many hour journey. She’s glad to do it for her friend.

So Young’s vision is alternately worse and better. Yesterday it was particularly bad, although on Tuesday she said she could see clouds in the sky (which is poetic) and the Mormon Temple (which may not be saying too much, considering its size and shiny-ness). On Tuesday, she also wrote her first text message to me in a while: “i luv u xoxo.” Not to get too personal, but the next one said, “y ib cae. goig 2 kubxh.” Yeah, I have no idea what that means, either.