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Still on the Road

March 30, 2009


“Echoes XV” – Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
12 x 12″

My husband, our son and I are still spending time with our great grandson Aidan who has recently had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. He begins chemotherapy soon, but right now he seems like the typical 21-month-old and is all over the place. His mom is our granddaughter, and her sister also drove over from school to be with us over the weekend.

It just seems surreal to know that he’s been so gravely ill, and to know that he still has a very steep climb ahead of him. He’s so little and doesn’t understand all this. Of course nobody ever does. So we get together, have meals in restaurants, shop, laugh, and play. We haven’t seen him much over the past months, so he doesn’t really know us. But we amuse him. A nice big red and yellow plastic fire truck with bells and sirens didn’t hurt.

Tomorrow we travel back home, so I might not be blogging. But there will be much to talk about on the art front when I get back to my studio.

The painting above is another one from the Echoes Series that is being returned from a gallery.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2009 12:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, so sorry about your grandson, Martha. Wow what a challenge for everyone, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

    My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last summer, and I can understand a little of the fear that you all must be feeling. Reminding myself that she is ok and here with me today helps me a lot. Otherwise I might be paralyzed thinking about the future:)

    • March 30, 2009 1:06 pm

      Tracy, that is so true. Kids have a wonderful way of keeping us in the present, which is where we are right now, being with him. Like today for instance. He’s playing around in our hotel room and decides to turn a giant bag of Doritos upside down on the carpet.

      Such energy and vitality. They can overcome a lot. Blessings to your daughter.

  2. March 30, 2009 1:25 pm

    Martha, my thoughts and prayers will be with the baby and family frequently. I am very sorry to hear about this and I know how trying it is, but children are suprisinly strong and come out of the most difficult illnesses at times.

  3. March 30, 2009 2:20 pm

    A moving story. Nothing can ever relieve a mother from the thought “I could have done more for my child”. Even if she does whatever is possible. I hope Aidan will be okay soon.

  4. March 30, 2009 7:33 pm

    Martha, I’m sending your great grandson many positive thoughts.
    I miss visiting your blog daily. My new studio is just about ready…almost there! Once I start producing again I will of course be blogging daily once more and visiting you via your blog. Can’t wait.

    • March 31, 2009 4:16 am

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, John. And I can’t wait to see what’s going on in your new studio. That’s exciting!

  5. March 31, 2009 12:41 am

    You, Aidan and your whole family are in my prayers. Never having had children of my own I don’t know the fear first hand, and can only imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach at such news – but it sounds like things are going the right way. Take care. Hugs.

    • April 1, 2009 4:27 am

      Thanks for the hugs and prayers, Cath. Things are good now. Just hoping for a bunch of miracles in the weeks and months to come.

  6. March 31, 2009 4:20 am

    Thank you so much, Cath. It was such a help to see him first hand, and to see what a tough little cookie he is.

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