Unfortunately, a divorce is not an uncommon occurance, but the tramma of the event is especially hard when it hits close to home. This past year, my second daughter saw her marriage of 22 years evaporate into the wind, when her spouse suddendly announced, "I want a divorce!"
This is a young lady who at the age of 19, just one year out of high school, I entrusted with the full responsibility of running my Idaho rafting operation. Once she left the Moab, Utah warehouse with her F-250 Ford and 20' trailer, heavily ladden with boating equipment and drove 800 miles to Salmon, Idaho, she would be on her own.
Her duties included managing 6 - 12 guides, scheduling flights for passengers, booking their hotel rooms, purchasing and packing food and ice for six day trips, driving to the river put-in and overseeing the rigging of the rubber rafts.
Then, returning to Salmon, she would greet the passengers at their hotel, give them an orientation about what to expect, demonstrate how to pack their river bags and then escort them to the river the next morning. Week after week she performed these duties, and she did so admirably.
As a father and her employer, I could not have been more pleased with her performance. At such a young age, she learned responsibility, accountability, how to manage employees and the art of pacifying and calming excitable guests. Her personality and work ethic was greatly molded by these work experiences.
She graduated with nursing degrees, and spent the next 20 years working in a care facility, giving aid and service to its long-term aged patients.
The year 2020 saw the rise of the Covid-19 virus and despite all the percautions mandated by the CDC - Center for Disease Control for employees working in the health industry, she was exposed to the Covid virus as were a number of patients on her wing - four of whom eventually died.
My wife and I spent Christmas with her and her three children this year. It was one of the most enjoyable Christmases I've every experienced.
We had only planned on spending two days with her, but we noticed that her cupboads were bare as was the standalone freezer. My wife and I stayed two more days, and while the daughter was at work, we went to Costco and bought sufficient food - meats and canned goods to last several months.
We didn't tell her about the food items, we just put them in the freezer and cupboards and drove home.