First, we start out with a fun, pre weekend event with a preview screening of Disney-Pixar's new film "Brave." Samantha loved the film, but then again, we love just about everything Disney. Look forward to the BluRay disc now. :)
Saturday, I spend the day with my mom and dad #2 (the in-laws) As I did a complete A/C Overhaul on my brother-in-law's Mercury Grand Marquis. Replaced compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, and flushed/evacuated/recharged with refrigerant. All went well, except, part of the process of the compressor removal was disassembling part of the steering linkage. Also, I learned first hand how northern driven cars rust from all the salt put on roads as the idler arm was damaged severely and needed to also be replaced. Anyway, I did manage to repair the vehicle over the course of two days. Why did it take two days? Because I had to head home early on Saturday for dinner with Samantha.
What actually awaited me at the house was a giant surprise party that Samantha had pulled off with the help of her mother over the past week. I was in shock and so thankful for the surprise. I felt so loved by my friends who came over to celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday. Thanks Nick, Cammie, Sam, Sarah, Mark, Ann, Leslie, Patrick, Dave, Kim, and last but not least, Barbara for coming over and being here. It almost brought me to tears (of joy).
However, my dream overnight would pretty much rattle me to the core all day Sunday. All I remember is I was in a hospital, where I was being seen by my former St. Jude doctors, and I was receiving results of recently done tests in which they told that once again I was battling cancer for the 6th time, but this time it was terminal, and I needed to plan for my end of life. That's when my phone woke me and it was my dad, who is in South Carolina with mom calling to see how I was doing and looking forward to our visit later this week. I cannot describe the emotion that went through me at that moment, but I tried to put things into perspective: every day of your life is precious, and life on this earth can end anytime. For an unknown specific reason, I have been able to cheat death so-to-speak many times. I cannot ever say my life is worthless because my friends and family, especially Samantha, show me everyday how much I mean to them. I hope a am contributing something to this world, and until the day I die, I hope to never take life for granted, and to always take time for others and thank them for being my inspiration.
SO, the rest of Sunday, I spend finishing up the vehicle repair, and the whole family got together to celebrate my father-in-law' birthday, my birthday, and father's day all in one.
WORLD, I made it 40 years and I plan to make it 40 more. Thanks for everyone's love, friendship, patience, humor, laughter, sympathy, encouragement, shoulders, hugs, kisses, jokes, respect, advice, and even the debates, arguments, etc. It has, and will continue to shape me.
I feel: touched