Our last days in Connecticut were great! Hank had time to rest and play and build things with Sean's Lego's. Together the boys made some amazing things! I had some downtime with Larry and Patty and their wonderful neighbors, Mark and Sandy. It was nice to just do "normal" things!
The boys collected firewood so that we could make s'mores, and I was surprised to see Hank maneuver the wheel barrow all by himself. (I know...he should have been resting...)
That night, we had a nice dinner outside on the patio. As it got dark, I saw two shining eyes in the forest looking at me. I closed my eyes and looked again. Now there was just one light...wait, another one. They kept blinking out. "Is there someone in the forest over there?" I asked, hoping my voice wasn't trembling. Patty and Larry said simultaneously, "Fireflies" without even looking up. Fireflies? I had never seen fireflies in real life! "Hank, look at the fireflies!" I exclaimed. Hank and I were so excited to see them. As it got darker, Sean caught a couple for us to hold in our hands. They are cute little bugs who's bodies and tails light up in cool neon green color.
Sean taught Hank to make S'mores as we gathered around the fire pit. Hank just loves roasting marshmallows now, and made sure that he got his fill! Later that night he helped Sean take out the trash, and found himself face to rear end with a skunk! And it was Hank who was facing the skunks rear-end! But they raced away and saved themselves from a stinky attack!
Between S'mores, fireflies, skunks and Lego's, it was the perfect night!
I should mention something about Patty.... I have never met a Patty that I didn't like. So when Patty invited us to come visit, I knew that it would be good...she's a Patty after all! I have three sisters: Mary, Patty and Barbara. My sister Patty, has two sisters-in-law: Patty and Barbara....so my life is full of Patty's and Barbara's... Now, new Patty is telling me about her family. She has a twin! Can you guess her name...? Of course...it's Barbara! What are the odds of that? So now I know THREE Patty and Barbara duos! Another sign it was all meant to be...
Hank and Sean went fishing again and caught two fish...a rainbow trout and a brown trout. Sean showed Hank how to gut and clean the fish and Hank had a full biology lesson on the fish's organs and eggs! Without Larry there, I had to put the worms on the hook for Hank, which moved me up to "super-cool mom" status, but secretly grossed me out!
We came back and cooked up the fish. Hank took one look at the fish with their heads still on and passed on trying it. Stuck with the hot dog....
The next morning we got ready to leave for the airport in NY. Kyle and I had a chance to talk...I asked him a lot of questions...how did he feel about the surgeries? What should Hank tell people who ask? Things like that. I asked him what he remembered at Hank's age? Kyle was so open with me and told me what he thought. He had a lot of ideas to help me assist Hank through this, but the biggest thing that stands out to me is when he told me, "I would not be who I am today, if I did not go through all this. It has shaped who I am." His words struck me... Kyle is a great kid, who will be a great man.