The Best Laid Plans. . . .!
I just had a email from my brother, Richard saying he and Carol were ending their hike of the Mountain to Sea Trail in North Carolina. Ever since they started it has rained in the mountains and Carol's continuous wet feet has been a problem. Due to her cancer therapy her feet and hands were left sensitive and the wetness made the problem worse. They began the hike knowing that this could be a problem.
If this was the only problem, I suspect they might have rested until the weather cleared and continued but they learned that their daughter, Heather, was also having a crisis in her life. Here beloved Rottweiler dog has been diagnosed as having bone cancer. They must have learned this when the contacted her to give her information to post about their hike. Richard and Carol wanted to be with Heather at this time.
Heather's dog is not only a much love companion and pet it is a trained "therapy dog" which Heather could take into schools, hospitals and nursing homes as therapy for clients.
I can only imagine how badly Heather must feel. If the three Robinson girls I have always considered Heather the sensitive one. Laura, is the serious one, (the fate of all first born children) and Andrea is the silly one, as the youngest to be free to be funny and playful. Heather I am sure would appreciate the support of her parents. She is trying to do the final polishing of her doctoral dissertation in the field of counselling and therapy.
I suspect the time will come when Richard and Carol will return to finish the hike from the mountains to the sea.