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  • Writer's pictureNorma Jean Dunning

Hey Dad

It’s been a while. I thought I’d send you a note to let you know I’m doing okay. You’re probably watching and worrying. But, I’m doing well and I’m getting through the tough days. There’s always better coming isn’t there?

Well, just to catch you up on the big things.

First is … I’m engaged.

I wish you could have met him. He’s pretty amazing and he has my whole heart. I don’t fear getting hurt with him. He has the patience and the understanding to deal with me. You and I are so much alike; you understand why he needs those. As I’ve gotten older I realize we both escape when we need time. We do it without much notice either. One moment we are gathering our energy from those around us and the next we escape into the world of our choosing; books, movies, games, you get the idea. Well, I see it now and Shane lets me do it. He knows I need it.

I think you would have liked having Shane in the family. You and he could talk games. I’m sure you’d get some great suggestions. I fear though I’d come home from work and you’d both be playing some game without me.

His family is absolutely amazing as well. You and Jim and Tim would get along so well. I do wish you all could have met. I’m hoping that mom can get up here and meet the whole group too. I think I fit well with them and they have been so welcoming.

So, I’m doing wedding planning. We have our wedding party figured out and we have a date – February 2, 2018. I’ve been working on the wedding website and we’ve been looking at venues. I’m having trouble finding one I really like that’s within our price range. I’m sure we’re going to find the perfect place. You’ll have a seat, okay? I’ll have one for Janice too. I hope you’ve been able to talk to her.

Second is … I’ve started my own website.

My hope with this is to get a freelancing gig. Keep working at Spire as long as we’re in Minnesota, but have a side business and do what I really love to do. You know the writer in me needs to escape more often these days. Plus, I need to get out of my comfort zone and this will help. It also helps keep me occupied because I’m falling apart. So…

Third is … back surgery?

I might be out of commission for a bit. I have degenerative disk disease and so right now I have three disks that are compressing nerves and giving me some issues. I’ve done injections, so now just waiting to see if that will help. I’m really just taking it one day at a time.

So, that’s been about it for me. I think of you daily and I miss you. I know you watch over Mom, Tara, and me. I wish we could talk more than just this. I wish you could be here. I know mom really misses you. Oh there was one thing, I forgive you and I’m also sorry. I love you! I’ll talk to you later.

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