This except from Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s takes place in Sept. 1980 just after John and I returned from our honeymoon. My mom and grandmother were visiting and helping me set up our new apartment in Cirby Woods Apt. complex in Roseville California.
“On my last day before returning to work, my mother and grandmother were helping us get settled. Mom was in the kitchen unpacking wedding gifts; since she felt everything needed to be washed first, the dishwasher had been running all day. My parents had accepted my happiness and never brought up any pessimistic or negative feelings about our future. I walked into the kitchen and gave my mother a hug. ‘You might want to take a break Mom.’
When John came home from work, he practically shouted. ‘Wow, the apartment looks great! I can’t believe how much you got done.’ Mom and Grandma were sitting on the couch with their feet up on the coffee table, looking tired. John sat down between them, wrapped an arm around each, and said, “Let’s go to dinner. I want to take you girls out to thank you for all your help.”
Anyone looking at us would have seen a happy, well-matched couple starting what seemed a wonderful life together. Little would they know the challenge that lay quietly beneath our joy. Every day, I consciously reminded myself to live in the present. It was the small stuff I savored: waking up next to John, seeing him every night, eating dinner together, talking about our day, feeling his arms around me. Those moments were precious, and I selfishly saved them just for me.”
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We Can Never Lose HOPE……………………….Therese