Friday, December 21, 2007

Long Days...

Hmmmm... Should I post about how my truck wouldn't start this morning so James didn't go to school and I put in a new batter and that didn't work so I had to get a tow to the auto rapis--er---shop and they are charging me $950 for a fuel pump replacement? No. That would require telling you all how I almost had a nervous breakdown, right here, in my own home. How I looked to the heavens and shouted,"I'm sorry, so sorry for whatever it is I did!"

Should I tell you how the doctor said it is looking like Nicole won't be home for Christmas? How she was upset that I couldn't spend the day with her like we had planned and got there at 5 PM? No, that would require telling you all how I had to swallow tears as I processed the idea of a Christmas morning with 2 and not 4...not even the 3 I thought I could handle. And how I thought about calling up family and saying,"Hey can we just not do this right now?" But that would be wrong too.

Instead, I am going to tell you about Karl, or it could be Carl, at the Hertz car rental near my house. You see, I am letting someone else use my daughter's car and therefore don't have an extra car while the truck is in the shop. I called around for about an hour for a rental but it being Christmas and all, no one had even the compactest of compacts available. On my last flustered attempt, I reached Karl/Carl. I spewed it all out-how my daughter was sick, how my car was sick, how I was sick with trying to find a car and "could you please, please help me?" And he did. In a really big way. It turns out his car was in the shop and he was using a rental. He gave me his saying that he could wait for a late return and to give him a half hour and he would have it cleaned up and ready to go. That was when I told him that I loved him, this kid on the phone I had never met and who didn't really sound like my type (lame attempt at humor). And he got me a car. A little Cobalt that James loves playing with the GPS on. Did I mention what a good boy James has been? For a boy used to routine, he is amazingly cooperative.

Also, instead, I am going to tell you what a lovely woman Woli who, along with some other bloggers that I will also thank when I open the box, sent me a wonderful surprise for Christmas. James (and I admit the little girl that is still me) are really excited and can't wait to share it with Nicole. I am so amazed that someone would do something so completely generous for us. Woli, and other bloggers that I can't wait to know about, I thank you so very much. I came home tonight and that box brightened up a really...really...cruddy day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

James has popped all the bubbles that surrounded his Grandma's Christmas gift and is safely tucked in bed. Did you know that Bed Bath and Beyond packages their shipments in these delightfully over sized bubble wrap sheets that make a delightfully loud (think firecrackers in the house) popping noise when rolled over? He had a blast for about a half hour. Now that's entertainment.

This has been a very sad, very long week for us and I thank you all for checking in and giving me the encouragement that helps me so much and also gives me the reinforcement that, indeed, people do care. We care so very much about you as well and I cannot wait to get back to vicariously living through all of you.



Donna said...

I know that if we all knew how to reach you, we'd be there with bells on!!! Wonderful how the car business just fell into place. And that James is there for you! Nothing like Bubble Wrap! lol Sending tons of "bubble wrap" love to you all...hughug

rachd said...

I'm sending you more prayers and hugs. Many many more prayers and HUGS!!

I'm so glad things are looking brighter for Nicole. Hang in there!

Woli said...

Now I am truly embarrassed. The lovely Christmas presents in the box are from Jess (Tangential Thoughts), Jess T (Fleeting Moments), Rach (Life with Hannah and Lily) and Lissie (Where The Orange Blossoms Grow). Jess G. started the entire process and I am merely the one to finish putting it together. We all had a lot of fun doing it.

Merry Christmas!


Ronni said...

Hang in there, Laura.

Shari said...

Wow. How nice of Woli and the other bloggers to send you a surprise gift. Bubble wrap to the rescue-brings out the inner child in all of us. My kids love them. The dog doesn't. LOL.

I'm sending thoughts and prayers out to you. Take care.

Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family.

And to Nicole, get well soon.

Alicia said...

Continuing to walk with you, sit with you, pray with you...

Rebecca said...

I'm gonna go with the theme and focus on the really cool stuff... like that Cobalt. The first rental they gave me (that I had to exchange, sob!) was a Cobalt and I LOVED that car. Yes, the Malibu I have for now is nice, but that Cobalt was so very me. Take some joy in driving it, it is a fun car.

((hugs)) to you and yours. Christmas is almost here and you will make it thru okay. Your strength continues to astound.

Laurie said...

Gads Laura,
It seems like when it rains, it pours, and then floods all over the place. I know this is not how you wanted to spend Christmas, nope. I hope you do what you need to do for the three of you to make it through.
And I am praying Nicole continues to heal and feel better each day. And I feel in my heart that 2008 is going to be a great year for all of you, I do. Just praying for you to get through with peace in your hearts. I love you and care so much.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Nance said...

you are always in my thoughts.

Jess said...

I'm so happy that she is improving but I am very sorry that she won't be home for the holiday.

Hee hee, I had to laugh about James and the bubble wrap! Ella thinks it is hysterical too but being so little she has to be more of an observer than a popper. :-)

Nance said...

here's a site with online bubble wrap for james: click here

haylee said...

Woli, Jess, Jess T, Rach & Lissie:

WOW - there are five Earth Angels in our midst. What a touching display of human kindness. You epitomize the true spirit of Christmas and I am so touched and humbled. Please know that your actions are a blessed gift to us all.

God bless us everyone!

Laura: I continue to think of and pray for your family. Please keep us posted on Nik's progress. I hope the N/G removel went OK. A lot of healing can happen between now & Monday. I hope your sweet girl is home with you very soon.

My heart is with all for whom Christmas will be a difficult time.

Merry Christmas to all the posters.


Kathy said...

Poor Nicole! Thanks for the up dates! I was trying to figure out how to contact you and just figured it out... sometimes I am a little slow.
Thinking of you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Karl/Carl is your good karmic swing for going through the hell of the last many months. In case I don't get back to your site before, have a vaguely Merry, just hope it doesn't totally suck, Christmas.