This is what happens when you're a breast cancer survivor: you go to your niece's very first concert since joining the city girl choir. You settle into a surprisingly comfy seat in the school auditorium. Thirty-nine little girls take the stage, and your first thought is, "Statistically, three of those young ladies will battle breast cancer at some point in their lives." Sigh. I am such a dork.
Diva's group sang a beautiful song that was written for them by one of the choir directors. I wish Miss Diva was here, so I could record her singing it. I do remember these lines, but I can't swear that I got them just right:
Let me go, let me soar
Don't hold me back
Unlock the door
I have dreams, you'll never know
Until you let me go
Of course, there's a lot more to it. I wish I had used the video on my camera at the time. I never use the video feature, at least not on purpose, so I forget it's there.
After the concert there was a reception in the school gym. Our group was large enough to fill a table on our own. We were sitting there munching cookies when I looked over and saw my mom on the floor. I swear, my heart about stopped. I jumped up and ran over but several dads beat me to her and helped her up. She said she knocked her chin but otherwise was unhurt. I wasn't sure if I should believe her until she commented on how handsome her dads-in-shining-armor were. Um hmmmmm. She's fiiiiiiiiine. She says she doesn't know why she fell. But I told Walker, that's it, we need to get cracking on finding a duplex. If we can't find what we need, we'll have to build it. That'll take months. As soon as the reception ended, we headed out to look at the duplex I found online over the weekend.
That's an hour we won't get back. The rest of the houses on the block sat at the top of a fairly good sized hill. This house? The builder carved the site out of the hill, then built a retaining wall out of wood. A two story retaining wall that is now bowing out. Standing out front, looking at that wall, all I saw was dollar signs. Not only that, but the sidewalks are made of wooden planks. Very slippery wooden planks. The search continues.