When I walked into the ICU today I was greeted with my Mom’s usual smile and a strong, “hello sweetie”. Yes! She’s back!

She will remain in ICU for now, which is really the best place for her to be monitored and cared for closely. Once the tests show that the infection is under control (which is likely soon) she will return to her room, just three floors up.

I had the opportunity to read aloud the blog I wrote entitled “My Mom” to her today. I didn’t get through saying that title before crying. I wept throughout the reading, so grateful that she could hear how loved she is.

My Mom was pleased to be described as one that “lingers”.

That she certainly does.

And I’m thankful for it.