With strong urging from Mary Ann to "go for it!" and KatyAnna's "well, that's a no-brainer, Dad," we started planning to take advantage of this great opportunity. But our family slate was chalk full of issues that had to be checked off before we could leave.
As co-guardians for brother Robert, and primary care-coordinators for both he and Mom, we had some figuring to do!
Mary would stay home until the end of Sept. before joining me in Norway in order to make sure the transition of our absence would not disturb Rob & Mom too much. Happily, sister Margie and brother Peter agreed to take over much of the weekly (sometimes daily) communications, fire dousing, and hand-holding that goes with the care-giving thing. We rearranged medical appointments, regular progress meetings, and a myriad of other things, not to mention our own health check-ups and doctoring.
Then KatyAnna, sensing an opportunity I suspect, asked if she could come along to help me get "settled in." Noting some hesitancy on my part, she suggested we travel over together, she would help me get settled into my faculty apartment, and then she would head off to Trondheim, Voss, and Hallindal for the remainder of the 10 days to visit family. It was a good plan! And I certainly welcomed and appreciated her help and companionship!