Flat Stanley Update:
January: Employer receives first installment of $250,000 low-interest loan awarded in a competitive application process. YOU ROCK, FLAT STANLEY!!!!!!!!!!!! Next challenge: Help accountant develop tracking system so that someone else can track spending and generate quarterly reports when FS provides due dates. Reuslt: Company receives second installment and FS is the hero, because her full-time, male, business-guru predecessor didn't have the foresight to do this, found the reporting system overwhelming, and never collected on the rest of the award he'd gotten for the company.
January: Bad News: Flat Stanley's motion to remove an absolute lu-lu from office is defeated by a mere four votes. Good News: Flat Stanley did not politic for votes; lu-lu did.
January: First two sessions of semi-annual training events receive rave reviews. FS and her leadership team continue to ROCK despite the presence of one absolute piece of work.
January: FS's brother, the one who needed approval from parole officer to visit dying parent, has paid the visit and managed to understand that sometimes, tying up loose ends mean that you forgive, forgive, forgive without thought of getting anything in return. Which is the point, right?
January: Flat Stanley travels to Tennesee to act as relief pitcher for her sister, sole caretaker of dying parent, while her other brother takes a few weeks off to care for his own family. Wow, it's a lotta work taking care of the dying, especially when they want to die at home. What a stinkin' privilege it is, to die at home! And especially, to die in the home of the family you ditched. Holy cow. FS is tremendously proud of herself and her siblings because they have become persons capable of providing this care. What a privilege that is, in itself — to be not only willing, but able, to do so.