Today was going to be a busy day for me. I had Blood tests and Dr.’s appointments…All pre-scheduled check-ups. Or Check-ins on my “post-cancer” progress. It makes it asier for me to think about all of this in the “post” sense…because I view it as something from Way Way back in my past (even though today, ironically, is 1 year since my first Chemo treatment). As I thought about my past, for some resin I became very nostalgic. In between my appointments (I mean that both chronologically and geographically) I made a stop at the house that I grew up in.
While driving up the hills that lead to my street, I felt eerily at home…like I had never left. (Truthfully, the last time I did live there I also had cancer, so I wasn’t totally off base). The house has been altered…I know that from friends who used to live on one side of us (and whose house was totally redone by new owners). But with regard to my house, they seem to have left the appearance of the front alone. I understand that the pushed out from the back of the house. And seeing it today I understand why. The house “shows well”. It has good bones….The foundations are solid, so from that you can build or add on.
That is kind of like me…From the outside I “show well”. You wouldn’t really pick me as the one to get cancer twice. But like my house, I have a good foundation. The Dr.’s have always said I was in great health for someone who is ailing. And that good, solid foundation has served me well. In my father’s case he, too, has a great foundation. …Unfortunately for someone with advanced parkinson’s that can be both a blessing and a curse.
Foundations are important. As I work to start my charitable foundation, I have come to realize how important it is to make sure it has the strong “sub structure” to give it staying power. To enable it to always “show well” and promise to help others who didn’t have the support structure I have had. I hope this foundation can stand the test of time, while it keeps up wit the needs of the times…
Foundations are important, because with out them our world has nothing solid to lean on.
Have a great day!