We explored the museum from top to bottom and then headed back home around 2 pm. We topped off the day with dinner in Glen Ellyn. Jim's hospice volunteer Gary and his wife Margaret were able to join us for dinner. It's so neat to see how Jim and Jan have affected our lives and how we have come to affect their lives. We could all talk about boundaries here but I admit it- I don't have good boundaries when it comes to this couple. They completely snuck their way into my heart. I do fear the day that Jim really starts to decline. We're used to this slow progression. The flipside is that we are so clearly making a difference in this man's life. I now have weekly prebereavement sessions with Jan and this has really helped her to take better care of herself and start preparing for some of the changes that lie ahead.
Jim said that our trip to Springfield exceeded his expectations. He was a little disappointed that it was over with since he'd been looking forward to the museum for so long. He still has quite a few Bucket List items to go. Somehow I think he'll be looking forward to the next BL item soon!