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#Reverb10: Wisdom

December 10, 2010

Dec. 10th Prompt: Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? via Susannah Conway.

To go home in July, instead of waiting to take my annual leave in December. I know, I’m missing the holidays with my family. However, at that time my beloved PopPop was losing weight rapidly and no one knew why.

Scared that his pronouncement that “he would never see me again if I moved to Cambodia” would come true, I changed my plans. I went home to spend time with him.

And, it was amazing. It had been about 7 months since I moved to Cambodia and I longed to see my family and friends. I was acutely homesick.

I went to my absolute favorite trend seminar in New York City during the time I was home. My BFF from Cambodia had recently moved back to the States, so I saw her and met her soulmate. I had slumber parties at the homes of my best girls. I spent oodles of time with my Mom, hung with my brother and most importantly, my grandfather.

Pop & I at Thanksgiving, a few years back.

One of the first things Pop (as I call my grandfather) and I did was to go see a movie, an old ritual of ours. Shortly after that he had to be admitted to the hospital, then went to an in-patient rehabilitation center for physical therapy. He had lost so much weight that his muscles were degenerating. He needed to build back his strength.

Since we both had nothing but time on our hands, I tried to spend the afternoon with him when I could arrange transport. We’d shoot the shit or watch the Phillies. We’d talk about Cambodia and life; how things are so much different now than when he was growing up.

It doesn’t really matter what we do. I love my Pop so so so much that I was just happy to be able to hang out with him. He has been a source of strength, unconditional love and support for my whole life. He’s always been there when I’ve needed him.

Thankfully, he regained his strength and was released from the rehabilitation center after I returned to Cambodia. He’s doing very well now – a bit persnickety and grumpy, but he’s 85 and earned those rights. Even better – I was home to celebrate his 85th birthday.


Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2010 11:26 pm

    Love this, Leigh.

  2. December 11, 2010 12:17 am

    Aww, this is making me miss my Grampy! Lovely, and I’m glad you were able to spend that time with your Pop.

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