We’ve got a date!

Today we have an official date . . . Parker will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, USA for his tracheal reconstruction on, Thursday, April 10th. That’s ten weeks away! We are excited, but cautious. We are hopeful this is the end, but we’ve been here before . . .

This blog is intended as a reflection on the last year and to look ahead to the future. We hope you will come back often and follow this next chapter in Parker’s story.

I’ve always been a fan of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. Our family didn’t choose this “road,” but certainly we’ve found ourselves on the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

3 Responses to “We’ve got a date!”

  1. 1 Caroline January 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Uptons,

    Despite the many miles that separate us, I have felt so close to this entire experience with the amazing tales you tell through your blogs.

    We are so excited for the recent news of the surgery date, and cannot wait to hear nothing but positive news from Cincinnati (which btw, today is the first day I’ve ever needed to spell it, so I also appreciate the spelling lesson!)

    I live in admiration of your amazing ability to always find the silver lining. You serve as a great role model to me as a parent, and to your children as someone who never gives up.

    Good luck, Parker! I can’t wait to hear a soundbyte of your voice!!

    Sending you much love, support and positive thinking from DC!

    Ben, Caroline & Evan Holt

  2. 2 Michele (GM Family) January 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Ian & Suzanne:

    I just wanted you to know your entire General Motors family in Baltimore, MD is following Parker’s progess and keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. It is so obvious you both are devoted, loving parents and have found an uncanny ability to share with us your love for all three boys and Parker’s remarkable progress. You both have the temperment to handle this in a way that just seems a normal part of your family’s journey in life.

    Know that there are many people admiring your parenting and wishing you all a healthy, happy future.


  3. 3 Susan January 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Suzanne-Jill filled us in on Parker’s progress. We look forward to seeing you both here in Cincinnati in April. Feel free to use our house as a hotel (only 3 star, I’m afraid), and when you get tired of the cafeteria food you can always join us for a good old-fashioned vegetarian meal.
    We’ll see you at the airport April 1st. Give the boys a hug from Sam’s Grandma and Grandpa!

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