Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The big guy and I moved Miss Katie last weekend. She seems to be doing well. Some furniture arrived on the Friday and we moved the rest of her stuff on Saturday so it looked like a home by the time were done on Saturday. When I picked her up from her old home she was happy to be going for a car ride and seems to like riding in the front seat. Her new staff greeted her at her new home with balloons which she loves. Katie was happy to meet new people, she loves people generally and was also the centre of attention, which she also loves.
Saturday afternoon as I was finishing up putting her things away, she told me she wanted to go home which broke my heart a little. I told her that this house was her new home and she seemed okay with that but I know she had a hard time falling asleep and she was pretty tired on Sunday morning when we picked her up to go for a walk and lunch.
I can't imagine just being moved and having no say in the whole thing. She's a strong young woman. We had lunch at a mall in the southeast corner of town. There is a large East Indian community there, mostly Sikh I think. Katie loves the older men with their long white beards and their turbans. She goes to this mall a lot and a surprising number of people knew her but what surprised me most was when she signed Namaskar to one of the gentlemen which is the traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing. My daughter continues to amaze me.
But now I am tired, worn out, over wrought, done. I kept crying at work yesterday, just the end of a stressful time with Katie. I know she's safe now and well cared for. She has already picked a favorite caregiver, Sanjesh. He seems like a kind, gentle man and Katie knows people. As for me, I'm pretty good in a crisis but tend to collapse in a heap afterwards. This is my heap for now.
I'm off today which will be good for me; puttering around the house and the yard, the last of the leaves to pick up, chili to make, a dog to walk and a chance to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air before winter sets in for good.