Some wonderful things have happened as well... One of Ali's Neighbors knew Christmas would be tough...so she gave Ali a $100.00 gift cert for herself and $50.00 gift certs, one for each of her 3 children. Ali's jw father has a non jw neighbor who gave him $100. in cash to give to Ali...who he has never met. Ali's jw father has been helping with work around her house, and his wife has been coming in to help clean. He has not been bringing up religion as much... didn't even have anything much to say about the Christmas tree the kids put up. Ali' jw aunt has been bringing meals to the house at least once a week... and actually apologized for the way she treated Ali. Ali's coworkers stocked her frige and cupboards with food. Many good things... and she will have her kids around her for Christmas...
Here in Boston, my 88 year old aunt, who we have almost lost several times...and who is on chemo... will be here for another Christmas. I will have family and friends, and my honey around me.
I've been holding it together...fairly well... until my oldest cousin's husband died last Friday, and I went to the funeral on Wed. It somehow made it real...how close Ali had come...and how serious all of this is...and the flood gates opened... I guess that's a good thing... cleansing in a way.