4th of July

Wow, it’s noisy in our neighborhood. The neighbors next door are hosting a really big party. Really big. We were invited but I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it so we’re enjoying it vicariously. The band is good and loud and I never get tired of “Hotel California.” Little girls are shrieking as only nine year olds do. Adults are laughing and clapping. Fireworks from Point Loma and Ocean Beach and Sea World. That sweet smoke smell is in the air. Sirens screaming, but none of the cop cars are headed up our hill. This is a usually quiet residential neighborhood full of nice people. Right around ten things will quiet down, and by eleven, I’ll be able to sleep.

I need to sleep because on Monday, I begin a round of tests and doctors’ appointments. It’s the start of the biggest challenge of my life. I need stamina and optimism and a big serving of luck. If you’re into lighting candles, light one for me, will you?

Being sick has made me conscious of the energy of life all around me. What a miracle it is to be alive on a spinning planet, one of billions, countless billions. Here on earth life means noisy parties and laughter and little girls screaming just because they can. I wonder what else is happening out there in the Milky Way Galaxy.

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9 Responses to “4th of July”

  1. Laurel Corona says:

    There aren’t many blessings in such a struggle, but heightened joy at what has not seemed remarkable in the past is clearly one of them.

  2. Elizabeth Ayscue Katz says:

    Dear sweet Drusilla:

    I’m not a lighting candles kind of a gal, but I do lift you up in prayer daily. Hope the first round of tests and doctors’ appointments don’t wear you out.
    You must know that our Tampa Kite Tales will be praying for you.
    Stay strong. You are a mighty warrior!


  3. Mo says:

    Lighting a candle for you, Dru. XO

  4. Claudia says:

    Candle lit, prayers continue, fingers, toes and eyes all crossed! I will continue to pray for you daily, Dru, and ask for courage, light, stamina and some serious luck as you face this new challenge. So glad you are able to see the joy in the midst of your troubles.

  5. Chrissie A says:

    We’ll light more than one honey, also sending out healing vibes and loads of luck. Your path will not be an easy one, but I know your strength will prevail. Sending much love <3 <3 <3

  6. Ellen Yaffa says:

    Dru, I feel certain you will lean into this saga with the mighty force that is already packed into your small frame– wise eyes twinkling, soft curls framing your face, intent on taking in the nuggets offered that are worthwhile and spinning your observed experience into stories. Be sure to wear something green or blue as you do, that sets off the glow of your eyes. So many of us are sending our spirits alongside you; I hope you can feel us present.

    With much affection, Ellen

  7. Claudette Coates says:

    Beautiful Drue, that is what I see when I think of you. It’s sparkling eyes and your beautiful beautiful smile. From now on you also will be comforted by the cloak of white healing energy healing energy, candles love and prayers. Drew I wish I had the ability to remove the obstacles you very well may find there is no energy for more than family. I would be very happy to be your taxi or Jello maker any way I can help I will be there

  8. Allison H says:

    I think of you every morning, Dru. You are my candle. Love~Love~Love

  9. Sylvia S says:

    I just lit a candle for you. Ms. Campbell. Sending thoughts of healing and serenity your way.