There’s No Place Like Home

A few weeks back I started a series on my longing for community and how it takes a village to create one. While drafting the third piece in the series, I fell, broke my ankle and now find myself confined to a wheel chair. But then – something wonderful happened!  My community showed up!

Friends and family have been coming over, calling, sending notes, flowers, bring food, meals, books, bring cheer, leaving comments on my blog, taking me to lunch, wheeling me around the mall, setting up our xmas tree and so much more. When David hosted a three day conference/workshop right after my injury, I had several friends jump in to help in any way that they could.  They took me out to lunch, made me dinners and just plain took care of me – whatever I needed.  What a wonderful group of supportive friends I have. Thank you doesn’t begin to express my gratitude for the care and attention that I have received since this awful accident.

With all the attention, love, and well wishes – I feel a little bit like Dorothy at the end of The Wizard of Oz – when she wakes up and realizes that all she ever wanted and needed was in her own backyard. It turns out I have quite a great community of friends and family who have circled the wagons round.  They have stepped up and taken care of me. My ‘tribe’ of friends might not all know each other, but they all know me and are supporting me each in their own special ways  I feel full and I feel blessed by their love and support.

One of our family’s xmas rituals is to chop down a xmas tree. This tradition usually involves a fight heated discussion on which tree to bring home and what music will be listened to in the car. This year’s holiday routine, just like many other routines lately, has been thrown out the window because of my injury. So last Sunday we got together, along with my father who flew in from NYC to take care of me for the week, to decorate a tree with the homemade ornaments that the kids and I made over the years. Afterwards, my husband and I celebrated the season with friends at a holiday party. I needed a recovery day on Monday, but Sunday was a ton of fun. Here are some photos from the festivities:

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10 thoughts on “There’s No Place Like Home

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      I could watch Love Actually over and over again–oh wait, I have watched it over and over again! Merry Christmas!

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      1. Susan Macaulay (@AmazingSusan)

        You know the scene where the guy goes to the door and puts the music player on and declares his love for the wife of his best friend using the cue cards? It’s my second-favorite movie scene ever, the first one being the “orgasm in the restaurant” scene in when Harry Met Sally.

        Anyway, somebody played out that Love Actually scene to me on my doorstep in -20°C last Christmas! I was so touched. Unfortunately I didn’t share his feelings toward me. Happily, he found someone else and is blissfully attached this Christmas :-) I on the other hand I’m still alone as I have been for the last 10 years.

        Sometimes I feel sad about that; other times not so much :)

        Ah life.

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        1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

          Love that image of someone wooing you like that. It seems so sweet. But I understand and agree with you, being loved by someone who loves you more than you do is not good enough. Sorry you are alone (for the moment). Love can be illusive. And as you know, all relationships require compromise; sometimes they are worth it and sometimes they are not!

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  1. Lisa Owen

    Heidi I’m so sorry to hear that you’re injured, but I’m happy to hear that you’re being well taken care of (love the photos). I wish you a speedy recovery and a very Merry Christmas with your family.

    Lisa

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thank you Lisa. It has been an interesting holiday season for me. One in which I realized that I am surrounded by people who care for me both in person and virtually. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you are having a beautiful holiday, enjoying your loved ones.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Yes, it has been a glorious holiday, even though I am stuck in a wheelchair for the moment. I have been lifted up by the love and attention shown to me by my friends and family!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      It was a really nice (but exhausting) day! And I almost missed it because I was feeling anxious at first, wanting everything to go right with my dad arriving and the kids setting up the tree and feeding everyone and me still in the wheelchair. I had to stop that morning and remind myself that all I cared about was being with those I love and to let the rest go. It took some work, but then I started going with the flow. It was nice to unwind!

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