The term vacation should be used very loosely. We actually made the trip back to Iowa unexpectedly due to a family emergency. My grandfather had a major stroke in mid June. After about a week, the doctor's did not give a good prognosis. The family choose to move him to hospice and provide him with comfort care in his final days. My husband, the kids and I left for Iowa immediately to say our goodbyes. Not a great reason for a cross country road trip and mini-summer vacay but this story has a very encouraging ending.
In those days of waiting, all of our extended family came together. The first time in a decade everyone was together except for my cousin's husband and children who remained in Texas. We spent hours and hours in my grandpa's small hospital room. We took breaks for lunch and dinner together. We spent time until the wee hours of the night catching up on life. We cried and laughed. We were just trying to cope and process everything that was happening.
I sure miss the luxury of dropping by the hospital whenever a spare moment presents itself. With an entire summer off, I have a lot of those spare moments I would like to be keeping company in that hospital room. This is where military life flexes its muscle. My husband will be leaving soon for a short "trip". I decided to hang with him before he departs. I know grandpa is in good hands but it's still hard to be so far away.