Max and I picked up “10th grade Olivia” from school for the last time on Thursday which marked the official start of summer in the Geyling household! Yay!! Then, we welcomed Wilson home on Saturday morning after he successfully completing Air Assault School in Hawaii! Woo Hoo!! THEN, Wilson’s girlfriend came for a quick visit which led to a spontaneous swim party and a couple of late night living room movie nights! Good Times!! Summer is here.
In the midst of all that fun, we got a special visit from representatives of the Dream Foundation – a non profit, wish granting organization for terminally ill adults headquartered here in Santa Barbara. My hospice case worker initiated the dream application a couple of months ago and thanks to the hard work of DFs staff and supporters, our family is being gifted a trip to New York City! Rolf was in NYC on business nearly 12 years ago, I haven’t been in 30 years and the kids have never been…it’ll be an epic adventure for sure. We’ll take in a couple of Broadway musicals, the boys will get to see U2 at Madison Square Garden, Olivia is excited to go to a live taping of Good Morning America, Rolf is working hard to secure tickets to fulfill his dream of seeing Bruce on Broadway and I’m looking forward to reenacting the iconic opening scene of “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” on 5th Avenue while humming Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”! Ha Ha 😉 Mostly I’m excited to sit back and soak it all up…the sights, the sounds, the food, our kids’ reactions to the Big Apple and all the shared moments.
We recognize, maybe more than most, the impact this kind of experience can have on a family in our situation because we’ve lived it before. You may recall that Rudy was granted a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation back in 2013…which I described here.
Not to sound boastful but we get it.
We know how to pace ourselves and maximize every moment all at the same time.
We know how important it is to make and store up lots of vivid memories.
We know it’s more than a vacation.
We know it’s a walk on sacred ground.
It feels quite strange to be going on another wish trip and I’m surprised by how sensitive or self-conscience I’m feeling about it…like with with Rudy, I wish we didn’t qualify…but, on the other hand, because we’re experienced wish receivers, we know what it takes to make something like this happen and we don’t take any of it for granted. We are so grateful for the generous acts of love and compassion that have been extended to our family over the years by so many. At the end of Rudy’s wish trip blog post, I expressed my hope to pay it forward in the future…I feel the same about this trip too. Stay tuned for a fun recap in the coming weeks! 🙂