Goodness, I’m on to double digits with the weekly London count. Unfortunately, Week Ten here has certainly been the most difficult so far, as my dear Uncle passed away last Monday.
My family and I made the challenging decision that it would be best for me not to fly home for the funeral and a far too hurried visit. It is so hard to be across the world right now, but I am confident that it is for the best. Today, I visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, where I spent time remembering and most importantly, being with my family in spirit.
Despite this somber state of affairs, I have so much to be thankful for. For one thing, my professors and everyone in the student affairs office at Richmond (Shout out to Anderson! You’re the best.) have been absolutely wonderful. Their help with working through classes, assignments, potential flight plans, and all the while maintaining genuine concern for my well-being has made the technical aspects of this loss much more bearable.
Skype sessions, emails and iMessages have kept me in the loop with everything going on back home and left me aching to be there for my family, but I am so blessed to have the most amazing friends/support group here in London. Their quiet understanding of the situation and unceasingly positive attitude left me feeling loved all week. As fate would have it, Meg’s mom was visiting her in London too. This fabulous mother of five naturally exudes mom vibes, and she treated all of us gals to “family dinners”, leaving everyone with a smile on their face.
Nothing beats being home and if I could adopt any power from Harry Potter, it would definitely be apparition. Magical powers aside, my Uncle Dennis is watching over all of his loved ones from heaven, no matter where in the world we may be.