Well, my thirtieth came and went. I was given a great birthday party here at Craig. The room we used here at Craig was full, wall to wall with people. Having all those people come down to Denver for me was nice. I really appreciate Susan Biehl, Susan MacDonald, Marybeth Laughery and Mary Hiegel for their efforts. You guys really made the day nice.
After I went to bed that night, I realized how the interaction with ones close to me made me feel so better. Before of the party I was feeling so so, and after I was feel pretty good. I had realized that humans are very social creatures. All, or at least most, of us enjoy the interactions of other people. We gain a sense of community and safety in groups. We empathize and help each other in groups. There is something very therapeutic about the company of a good friend or group of friends. Here at Craig, a group of strangers with no reason of knowing each other but an unfortunate event, brought us together and our interactions. Our compassion. Our empathy. Our hope makes us strong together as we learn to live again. I guess that is what makes Craig so good. A group of strangers learning rebuild their lives together, one step at a time.
Today was a good day. It was certainly better than yesterday. I had a series of mishaps yesterday that got me into bed pretty early. That why I didn’t write yesterday. I guess that the good thing to remember is that the sun will always come up again. We all have a chance to make the previous day better.
Mom came down for the afternoon. She brought some Subway for lunch and we sat outside and enjoyed the nice day. It’s been so long since I’ve just sat and enjoyed the day. I am usually so cooped up here in Craig I don’t get out all that often.
I would say the countdown has begun. I am supposed to leave on March 8th from here. Today is the 7th. So, I have less than one month before I go home. I am getting a little nervous. I am not sure I will be ready to survive outside Craig. It’s safe here. But, I want to go home and try to begin life again. I have a feeling I will have start over and learn to live again, just outside of Craig.
We I better go. I want to get ready for bed and “Lost.” Have a good Thursday. Attached are some pictures from the weekend.