This summer was quite the whirlwind. We watched our first child walk the stage for his masters degree and celebrated our second child’s summer job at Lin Asian Bar and Dim Sum. So much so, we had quite a few family meals there. Our most recent meal was a going away dinner, which we hosted in the private dinning room two days before flying to Washington state.
It is hard to imagine our youngest is now at University. Susie was diagnosed with brain cancer two months after our youngest was born. Susie’s wish was to survive so our children would remember her and how much she loves them. I’d like to think we’ve met and exceeded that initial goal, seeing both children have now gone off to college.
Our flight to Seattle was very early in the morning, as I thought Susie would sleep the entire way (which she did :-). The folks on Delta Airlines were fabulous. They made sure a wheelchair was waiting for Susie, and even had a bag of snacks for her to enjoy on our drive to Bellingham. We met a fellow brain cancer survivor for brunch in Northgate. Our sister-in-law, who lives in Tacoma, joined us also for brunch and then for an afternoon visit in Bellingham.
What can I say, the town and Western Washington University are simply beautiful. I love the way the trees smell and the size of the city. Getting around was very easy and the AirBnB we rented was cozy and in a perfect location. Too bad the late summer temperatures are still a bit too chilly for Susie. She prefers the warmth of Texas.
It was hard saying goodbye, but I’m looking forward to our return visits over the next few years. Maybe I can drag Susie onto a sailboat around the San Juan Islands, or an Alaskan Cruise out of Fairhaven. She’ll obviously need a parka and thinsulate boots.