Friday, October 18, 2013

October Is Flying By All Too Fast

In many ways, October is my favorite month, given the breathable air and the abundance of community festivals. This year, it is flying by all too fast. My only consolation is that November runs a close second as my fav month.

The Heart Walk (about which I wrote in my last blogpost) was a highlight, but now I must prepare for the Walk to End Alzheimers, and try to round up some sponsors to help us raise money for this worthy cause. I have had poignant caregiving experiences within my own family with this horrible disease, so it is personal for me. We are Team Holland at the Grand Strand walk October 26 at The Market Common if you'd like to look us up online (

It also has been a busy month for Mended Hearts, our volunteer organization of heart-surgery survivors who support other folks now facing or recovering from their own heart surgeries. Today I visited 12 patients at the hospital, my largest one-day total ever. I walked all over the hospital because the heart patients' rooms were scattered throughout. I guess Superdawg understands that I am too weary to take her on her own walk; she isn't begging. In any event, she may be worn out herself from trying to keep up with Dasher, the young yellow lab who is a house guest.

In addition, I had the honor of setting up at Horry Georgetown Technical College our own chapter's $500 Mended Hearts scholarship for a nursing student who intends to specialize in cardiac rehabilitation, a field dear to our hearts (literally). It is exciting for our Grand Strand chapter to be able to help the cardiac-care field so specifically as a result of our successful fund-raising projects last Spring.

Besides taking DW to her historical club meetings (yesterday the DAR in Pawley's Island), I have been to more than a few soccer games played by my super-star grandkids. Yesterday, I had the honor of being the sole grandparent/parent available to drive young Grayson down to his big Coast Futbol Alliance match in Socastee. And I wound up having the privilege of seeing him score an artful goal on a penalty kick by booming the ball into the right corner easily out of the reach of the goalie. I have seen world-class soccer players do far less well in this guessing match with the goalie. He then played stellar offense and defense in a 7-2 win for his elite team.

Afterwards, we celebrated at Krispy Kreme -- Gray's suggestion, and I was too much the proud grand-dad to object. But celebratory eating is beginning to get the best of me this fall -- there was our big 47th wedding anniversary, one birthday down and one to go, and eating on the run for kids' sports (then celebrating afterwards). Not to mention my nervous eating watching my Saint Louie Cardinals trying to make it to the World Series again.

October is flying by, but my pounds are adding up -- and if I'm not careful, I soon may erase all of my weight-loss progress for 2013. I have to do something about that. My mended heart and my bionic knee would appreciate a little less weight to support in all our comings and goings.

                                      © Robert G. Holland

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