Thursday, August 9, 2007

Little things mean a lot

As you've probably read on Derek's blog, things are progressing slowly, but steadily. We're pleased that he's gained some weight - it'll help with his continuing fight against his cancer.

We live next to each other in a duplex, with connecting balconies. This arrangement makes it possible visit on short notice, and with no effort. So, it is easy for Derek and/or his family to come over. Last night Derek came to visit us, to our great pleasure. Also, Marina, Dereks' older daughter, likes to come over in the evening for some "quiet time", as she calls it, and, as grandparents, we consider this to be a real compliment from her. Many times both Marina and Lauren, Dereks' younger daughter, are here for a visit, and we can take them at any time Derek or Airdrie (or both) need some time for themselves or when they need to do other things. Sometimes Marina and Lauren sleep over; it's a wonderful thing that we have Dereks' "clan" so close. This kind of thing (all the family under one roof) used to be normal; nowadays families are often spread all over the globe, and I think something goes missing when that happens. In any case, our situation is certainly of help to Derek in his current bout with his illness.

"Little" things indeed.