Tomorrow marks one year since Dimples began her program in Montana. Anniversaries like this are a big deal and can be a trigger for our kids, even in much less severe circumstances – so I can’t begin to express how crazy it is that tomorrow Dimples is flying to Seattle to meet us for medical appointments. The timing was not our choice and was coordinated between the doctor’s schedule and squeezing this trip in before Russ’ classes resume. It is what it is, and I’m trusting that it is for the best.
Tomorrow morning we’ll head out with Bee on the drive to Seattle. A counselor will put Dimples on her plane and, assuming all goes well, we’ll be at SeaTac to pick her up when she lands. Since she is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, I will go through security to meet her at the gate. The girls have not seen one another for a year, and they’re both feeling nervous and excited.
The girls’ past relationship is a trauma trigger for both of them. In order to keep things as regulated and calm as possible, we’ve put together a plan to give them supervised time together, as well as plenty of breaks. We’re taking them out for Ethiopian food on Wednesday night, then Russ and Bee will stay with friends, while I stay with Dimples at Kathleen’s. The next day will be filled with appointments (and lots of waiting) at Seattle Children’s, followed by dinner and then parting for the evening again. Friday morning Dimples and I will drive back to the airport and wait for her flight back to Montana.
I find myself wondering how all of the goodbyes will go – will there be sadness, relief, fear? It’s impossible to know. As I write this, I feel sad thinking about the new few days. It is shorter than we would have liked, but there are so few flights to the small airport in Montana, that we didn’t have other options.
We’re back to homeschooling today, so I’ll end here. Have a wonderful day.
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