Normally Helios and I stay at home over the Holidays and relax. However, Helios and I are planning to go to his hometown on 27th December to see his family. His father is dreadfully ill. After several months of him going downhill and going in and out of hospital, and his mom trying to cope with him when he’s out of hospital, he’s finally gone into a nursing home. His mom sounds a lot more like herself on the phone and his dad is getting the attention he needs. It has been a struggle since his dad has had a number of infections and is now unable to walk at all. I think his dad is still losing weight. Anyway, I am bracing myself for the worst. We will be coming home the afternoon of 30th after spending the morning with his mom on her birthday. I’ve decided we can take the train for the journey – it will be more expensive than driving but I figure Helios and I can focus our attention on one another for the trips (4 hours each way) or read and relax. I just want to be there for him, you know what I mean?