A year ago today, Charlie finally came home after 137 days in intensive care. He was released from the NICU on September 11 but his shunt soon malfunctioned and he had to go right back into the hospital for his sixth surgery. Thank God everything has been great since then and we’ve had him home with us without incident (spitting three times) for a full year.
I’ve loved every single second of it. It’s been fascinating watching him grow and develop over these 12 months. How lucky am I to have two such fantastic children. Charlie and Leah have such a special relationship with each other and I look forward to seeing that continue to evolve in the years to come. Funny to think that there will come a point when their age difference won’t be much of a factor. They’ll just be two adults complaining about their crazy parents.
I will write more about Charlie’s amazing life as soon as I get a handle on some work deadlines. That is, if I haven’t melted into a pool of slime like the Wicked Witch of the West. We’ve been having such a brutal heat wave that I fear the Earth may have fallen off its axis and is hurling towards the sun. Yesterday we set an all-time record in downtown L.A. of 113 degrees, even hotter in the Valley. Today we’re supposed to enjoy much cooler temperatures—about 105.
The heat wave from hell started on Saturday, the day Leah was performing in the annual Living History Tour at the historic Rosedale Cemetery near our West Adams home. Each year they pick five or six people who are buried there and have actors portraying them at the gravesite. This year they decided to feature a group of trailblazing women that included actresses Hattie McDaniel and Anna May Wong; jazz singer Nellie Lutcher; Georgia Robinson, the first African American policewoman in Los Angeles; and several famous suffragettes. Leah played Minnie Roswell Langstadter, who was one of the youngest female journalists, having worked as a reporter for a Chicago newspaper when she was only 15 years old. She interviewed people like John D. Rockefeller and J. Pierpont Morgan, and it was Minnie who reported William Vanderbilt’s famous statement, “The public be damned!” Leah’s portrayal was wonderful, and she braved ten tours and six hours in the stifling heat wearing an authentic get-up from the 1880s! Her petticoats alone probably weighed 10 lbs!
A year ago today, the day Charlie came home, it was the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. But as I said at the time, it seemed a lot more like Thanksgiving. We love you, Charlie.