Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love to All

Giorno di cuore (Valentine's Day 2010) - There is a scene in Under The Tuscan Sun where Diane Lane's dear friend arrives unannounced at Lane's Tuscan home only to interrupt possible amorous possibilities between Lane and her ragazzo (literally translated as "boy" but means boyfriend).  Once the friend realizes her timing leaves un po' (a little) to be desired she apologizes profusely for ruining Lane's "love life" explaining she is in the middle of her own crisis of the heart.  Lane tells her, "You are my love life" and I remember thinking, "Ain't that the truth!"   So, today I wrote to everyone who means something to me to thank them for being my love life. 

I also chose to honor both my mother and her sister, my Auntie Gayle, and Gayle's husband, my Uncle Rod. My father, who died when I was 19, was an only child so my mother's family, The Fergusons, are my only extended family. My aunt has just completed two cycles of very difficult heart and lung chemotherapy. This is her second round with cancer.  Today her stem cells were harvested successfully.

She will have about 9 days to recover and then go back in the hospital for month or so of more chemo to destroy her bone marrow in order to replace the stem cells with  those harvested and cleaned today (they will be frozen - cryogenics).  She will then be isolated for three weeks or so while the bone marrow regenerates and her body heals. 

Please take the time today to reach out to someone and simply tell them what they mean to you.  I painted the words, "Love To All Who Enter Here" above the doorframe of my Coronado, CA, home to remind me and all those who pass by to remember to love because we forget sometimes, don't we?  And please pray for my aunt in those quiet moments of your day and send her love.  Much love to you - Kim, Paws, Scout, and Kenyon

My home, Coronado, CA.