The Marvelous Mundane

In the days before chemo, Lucy, Bayla and I would occasionally treat ourselves to hot drinks and a chat or bit of reading at a coffee shop during our walk to school. It was definitely a treat but I would never have called it thrilling.

Well, things change and today, exactly one month into my chemo-induced cocooning, we risked two blocks of main street germs and made a stop at Starbucks.

With cash in hand and carefully concentrating on our complex order, Lucy and Bayla headed inside.  I waited and watched excitedly out back.

My lovelies emerged triumphant with steaming sweetness.

Not an earth-shattering adventure for the average Canadian family but for us, these days, the mundane is marvelous.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • terrydoherty

    You made my day, Andrea. I am enjoying your posts (and Mark's, Bayla's and Lucy's) and the journey. It's my first stop every time I log into the Reader!

  • Anonymous

    You made my day, Andrea. I have really enjoyed your posts … it’s the first stop when I log into the reader every day!

  • Thank you so much, Terry! It is quite a quiet world for me, cocooned away from germs (and therefore) people, and I feel so much less lonely knowing you are dropping by to check up and share your thoughts.

    I miss being part of the kidlit world and I miss all the passionate, generous people in it, but I've been asked to be the Children' Book Reviewer for our neighbourhood's slick and well-respected monthly newspaper so at least I will be getting a little fix of KidLit raving in each month afterall.

    Hoping all is well with you and your family.

    Be well and be happy,
    Andrea

  • Thank you so much, Terry! It is quite a quiet world for me, cocooned away from germs (and therefore) people, and I feel so much less lonely knowing you are dropping by to check up and share your thoughts.nnI miss being part of the kidlit world and I miss all the passionate, generous people in it, but I’ve been asked to be the Children’ Book Reviewer for our neighbourhood’s slick and well-respected monthly newspaper so at least I will be getting a little fix of KidLit raving in each month afterall.nnHoping all is well with you and your family.nnBe well and be happy,nAndrea

  • terrydoherty

    Hi Andrea,

    Oh, I love stopping by … it helps me get over missing your voice in
    the Kiditosphere … but I completely understand, too. I was
    procrastinating coming to the desk this morning and even went to the
    sewing machine to mend clothes. That's pretty bad. The worst would be if
    I actually got out the iron ;0

    Glad to hear you're writing for your local paper. Any chance they have
    an online version like Horn Books so we can read from the “south”?

    Hugs,

    Terry

  • Steve

    Coffee breaks… mundane? Sheesh, I've never viewed coffee breaks as mundane. They've always been one of my most favourite things. It's what I miss most about DFAIT; those were invariably a 'treat' and often very 'thrilling'. Enjoy, Kid.
    btw: You guys have a wonderful website, very cool.

  • Even after I left DFAIT???
    ;o)

  • elaine

    Andrea, I had breast cancer diagnosed in May 2005. First asked gp about it on 1st April 2005. He told me I was imagining a lump! I wonder what he would have thought if he himself was seeing a gp to say he had a lump in his testicles! Probably paying a bit more attention! I didnt believe him, went back and saw a woman doctor who knew how to do a proper examination. I shudder to think what would have happened had I believed him. Six weeks later had lump removed by wide incision. Had tremendous support from friends and family through chemo and radiotherapy – so many fabulous people in the world. So far ok but not complacent. So hope all will be well for you and all others in 'our' situation – its like joining a club you are not sure you want to belong to but I think so much can be done now we should all be as positive as possible. Above all, say what you need to to whom you need to, stick up for yourself and take help from anywhere.

  • Thanks, Elaine. Wishing you continued good health and much happiness.

    Andrea

  • christinehatten

    andrea,
    i was diagnosed with breast cancer on december 9, 2009. i am doing chemotherapy before surgery. as you know, life shifts in unimaginable ways once we receive The News. yesterday i went to a friend's house and we ate popcorn and drank diet coke and chatted away while our kids played in the other room. this is something we used to do all the time and, while always enjoyable, was certainly in the mundane category. when i came home yesterday afternoon i marveled for hours! about how much fun i had had, how sweet the connection, how meaningful an ordinary afternoon was. i absolutely understand and relate to this post of yours! i guess this is one of those silver linings, one of the 'gifts' of cancer….a newfound appreciation of the good things in our day to day lives. thanks for posting.

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