Thankfulness for Family Dinners
I love Family Dinners. I always have.
Especially the ones where I don’t have to cook or clean up. Seems like Cancer kinda brings about those types of Family Dinners… like last night with some of my homies.
Sarah Hardy-Cooper and Coop Da Loop. They’ve been in my life in some capacity for over 15 years now. I first met Sarah while Devon was clerking at the Nevada Supreme Court. My life was VERY different then. We weren’t friends, but we knew each other. That was the extent of it.
When Sarah and Cooper first started their relationship and got married, my life had started to change. Hardly anyone knew that Devon had come out to me because I wanted to keep things on the DL in case he came around and decided his “choice” of being gay was wrong.
Well, duh, we all know that it isn’t a choice and my life ran its course. Sarah was one of the first people, besides about 4 family members, to know what was up. During that time, I truly valued her friendship, along with a few others. Sarah and Cooper were my escape so many times from the crappy stuff I was dealing with. Their house, the “ALF” (Assisted Living Facility), was just down the road from me in Sparks and I cannot tell you how often I spent time there just sitting in their backyard, listening to the fountain and crying. I had lots of Family Dinners there… almost every time Devon would have the kids and I was left alone, trying to get used to my new life.
Everything turned out awesome, of course, but Sarah and Coop were a big part of me getting through it.
Fast forward to last night. The Coops still live down the road, in our new neighborhood. Teresa Wood and I had Family Dinner with them last night. They still have a beautiful oasis outside with a water feature/coy pond. I always feel like I’m there on retreat and know that if at anytime I need a place to get away, the ALF 2.0 is where it’s at. After last night, I think I will spend more time there during my recovery weeks. I have squatter’s rights.
Family Dinner rocked last night. Ribs. Twice Baked Potatoes. Sarah’s Healthy Salad. Garlic Bread. Lots of it.
And after Family Dinner? Sarah said: “Emily needs to lay down. She’s gone into Food Coma mode.” I didn’t need to help clean up. I just curled up under a blanket and watched them take care of me.
I have lots of family. Sarah and Coop are a part of it. Family Dinners rock.