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Good Enough Mother And GMC: The Human Side Of The Machine

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Good Enough Mother And GMC:
The Human Side Of The Machine

 

I had no idea a simple drive back to the hotel would result in a conversation of love, life and death.

One of the things I have learned, and really just quite recently, fully come to accept is that life truly is a journey and that wherever you go, there you are.

I think about that a lot when I’m traveling for Sweet Retreats but was recently reminded of that when I found myself in South Lake Tahoe as part of GMC’s Denali Dream Drive. We had a chance to drive the family of Denalis (those are cars, not people) through the mountains and over to the HGTV Dream Home. 

After a lovely lunch, some of our group decided to stay in Truckee for a bit; I had work to do so I decided to drive back to the hotel. My partner on the way back? Dr. Dawj Sangster.

Dawj as we call her) is a life coaching strategist and it’s easy to see why. She’s one those women who walks into a room like a magnet; not loud but so approachable that people are drawn to her.  I sat across from her at dinner the night before but it was on the drive back that I really got to know this incredible lady.

Now, those of you with kids already know this, but there’s something about being in a car with someone for a long period of time (if they don’t have their electronics on) that causes them open up. And that was the case with Dawj and me.

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We had barely pulled out of the parking lot in the GMC Acadia (the car we were given to drive back to the hotel) when the conversation turned to life. And death.

There, in the midst of the beautiful sun setting over Lake Tahoe, Dawj told me about the last eight months of her life, which had been punctuated by the death of her husband.

I tried not to pry but I was fascinated; I guess the journalist in me wanted details.

How was his cancer found (he had a malignant brain tumor)? What were the warning signs? How did you talk to him about it? How did to you handle that? Did he know he was dying? How are you doing? There were so many things I wanted to know and Dawj willingly shared them with me.

The fact that Dawj was so open about one of life’s big hurts and mysteries, made me admire her. The fact that she, like so many of us, was still moving, still going forward, despite the hand she’d been dealt, endeared me to her even more.

A trip to the mountains made me see the frailty of life, underscored the strength it takes to keep moving and resulted in me making a new (and I hope) lifelong friend.

In the meantime, check out some more pictures from my trip to South Lake Tahoe with GMC.

Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by GMC; all opinions are those of Good Enough Mother. Just try to shut me up..

 

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BEAUTIFUL LAKE TAHOE

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Though I grew up in Northern California, it’s been a while since I’d been back to my home. I had forgotten how beautiful it was. Even with the melting snow, it was breathtaking. The air is so fresh; the sky so blue.

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MEET DAWJ!

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What a lady, what a spirit. Talk about triumph over tragedy. The thing I loved about  her was her willingness to share something that had to be one of the most difficult things in her life. She shared; I learned.

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THE DAY’S END

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The sun was setting fast and I tried to snap as many photos as I could. I loved the serenity of this shot capturing the day’s end activities with the the joggers and the person paddling off in the distance.

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A RESILIENT SNOWMAN

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He was trying to hang on.. but clearly one more warm day would do him in.

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