We have a massive double-sided brick fireplace.
Well, we did until I started painting it white. As I covered over its dark and smoke-filled bricks with freshness, I began to think of my mom’s four hospital stays:
August 5th to 22nd
October 31st to November 3rd
November 17th to 20th
She spent her finally days on earth peacefully at Hospice from December 20th to 26th.
My mom had previously stayed at the hospital twice, once when she gave birth to my sister in 1971 then three years later when she gave birth to me.
This fireplace with all it’s nooks and crannies, tested my patience, bombarded me with emotions and almost made me give up. But like the hospital, my sole purpose was to keep my eye on my goal. My goal at the hospital was to get the best care for my mom and my goal for this fireplace was to get ‘er done.
I can’t say I enjoyed many moments in my mom’s last week in the hospital fighting for mom not to be moved again, fighting for pain medication and trying to enjoy my beautiful mom. I can’t say I enjoyed painting this fireplace. It took FIVE coats of paint and hundred of thousands of dab dab dab’s with the paintbrush.
I told Sexy Neck that the next time this thing needs to be painted I am going to take a sledgehammer and take it down instead.
The boys had fun attacking the fireplace with paint. It was very forgiving. They had fun!
The newly painted double-sided fireplace.
I am afraid this painting has shown me that the fireplace may be done but my hospital journey is not.
I will wait.
I will do my work.
I will heal.
I will be back at that hospital making it better for other cancer patients.
Within God’s will.
With His help.