I am thankful to be able to be in California, right now, at such a time as this, to be of help to both of our sisters and our brother-in-love. They have been the responsible ones, they have been the family presence in our parents’ lives while we and our brothers and fams have been a long way away in Colorado, Michigan, and Africa. I sure didn’t expect, that while I was in California, taking care of Roy’s mom while Tim and Lynn got away for the first overnight breaks since Tim started full time care of Mom in their home in October 2019, that my stepmom, Ardys, would suddenly fall ill and pass away within about a month’s time? I grieve because I didn’t get to Southern California to be with Ardys in her last hours, although with Covid non-visitation and the speed with which she went into hospice and then passed, not even my sister, just two hours’ drive away, got in to see her. I am thankful to be able to have been of help a little bit as my sister dealt with Ardys’ hospitalization, and I am looking forward to being with her to share some of the responsibility in taking care of the details of closing down Ardys’ apartment etc. I am thankful that the Lord made it possible for me to get vaccinated and to be here for my dental implant placement. Perfect timing.