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Best Friends
     While in Utah this summer I had the fortune to reconnect with three friends.  My childhood best friend whom I had not seen for five years, my young motherhood best friend whom I had not seen for about 10 years and my high school best friend whom I had not seen for over 25 years.  I sat down to write about my high school friend, and will someday because she is hilarious, but as I wrote the title "Best Friends" this picture came to mind:

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Not because of how the boys are sitting, though I do think that screams "friends", but because of the shoulder swath and sling my husband is wearing.  The day after my husband arrived in Utah J came down from Idaho to introduce us to his girlfriend.  We had dinner and then went ice-skating.  Within minutes of getting on the ice my husband fell - hard.  His face was white and he felt light headed and nauseous.  I helped him to the side and sat with him until he regained color and felt more stable.  I asked if he wanted me to take him to immediate care but he did not want to "spoil the evening".  I helped him take off his skates and then he watched from the bleachers while the rest of us skated.  The next day we went in for x-rays.  There were no breaks and his shoulder was in place but there was evidence that it had dislocated.  Fortunately, and unfortunately, he's had prior experience in that area.  He was given a swath and sling and told to see an orthopedist once back in Oregon.  That was Saturday.  We had cabin reservations for Capitol Reef for Monday.  I asked if we should cancel the reservations but again my husband did not want to "spoil things" for everyone else. 
     Growing up my family spent many happy summers at Capitol Reef.  I still have occasional dreams of hiking there, one hike - Cohab Canyon - in particular.  Cohab Canyon trail starts as an unshaded, switchback trail up a steep hill.  Once in the canyon the trail levels out and is shady but getting there is a little rough.  The boys were not too enthusiastic at the prospect of this hike and opted to skip out.  My husband, however, was willing and ready - swath, sling and all.

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     We are home now.  Dan has seen an orthopedist and is scheduled for an MRI.  He came home from work the other day to find most of the furnishings of the boys' room sitting in the living room.  B is gone for the week.  It was my chance to do badly needed painting on his side of the room.  Dan felt bad I had moved the furniture myself, I would have felt worse if he had of helped.  I felt bad Dan was hiking injured in the heat of the day, he would have felt worse if I missed my dream hike.  Watching out for one another - it's what best friends do.


 
priorities
     14-year old B is on a 6 day back-country back packing trip.  Before he left he asked if I would save the comics from the newspaper for him.  His request brought a smile and a happy memory.
     Growing up we got the evening paper.  If any of us kids were going out for the evening we would ask that the funny section be saved.  If there was dessert that evening the person going out would ask that some dessert be saved as well.   When my youngest brother left for a 2-year church mission he said good-bye by jokingly asking us to save the funnies.  Dad replied, "We'll save dessert too."


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