Updates and a little humor....finally
I spent six hours yesterday with my dad. He is still in the hospital, and probably will be until mid-week at the earliest. They are changing his medication, and watching him very closely. We had a very good visit, and he is improving each day. Yesterday seems to have been his best day so far. He is keeping a journal, and we are working together to preserve a legacy of his experiences before and during Alzheimer's. It was a blessing to have him all to myself for several hours, even under these unfortunate and stressful circumstances. I think the visit was good for both of us. My sister and aunts (my dad's two younger sisters) came later & brought him dinner from Outback Steakhouse, which was just what he wanted. Please continue to remember us in your prayers....it is a long, scary journey with the opportunity for tremendous blessings along the way.
Many of you may have already read that Janet and I finally "met" over the phone. She took the first trusting step by giving me her number when I was not feeling like talking at all. I promised her that I would call when I was ready to giggle...and we did. We didn't even need a translator--amazing! She is a fabulous, caring, funny, cool-as-hell, smart friend who totally "gets" me. Had it not been for this little blogging adventure, I would never have had her and so many others cross my path. I would love to meet her in person some day. If she came South, I would feed her fried green tomatoes & teach her that she could say anything about anybody if she just followed up with, "Bless Their Heart." We have a lot to teach each other.
My mom & step-dad live next door to my sister, who (as I mentioned in previous posts) is going through a divorce. Grammie & Papa help out with her two children quite a bit, since my sister is balancing single-motherhood with full-time nursing school. Somehow as I was talking to my mom last night, the topic of Spongebob Squarepants came up. Both the children love the show, and have watched every episode more than once at Grammie's house. The difference between parents and grandparents is that the grandparents actually sit down and watch television with the kids, and parents use the opportunity to park the kids in front of the television so that they can meet daily household obligations. So, my mom says, "Something's just not right about some of those Spongebob characters....I mean, Squidward looks like two balls and a dick." Okay, I am dying now, because #1 my mom is so conservative, I have never heard her come out with something like that. (But she's heard me....) She goes on to say, "...and there's one of them who looks like a condom being rolled onto a penis when he rolls his eyes." Without missing a beat, in the background, I hear my 68 year old step-father say, "That's Mr. Krabs!" I almost peed my pants!
And a little something from the homefront, because it's been a while: My Baby's Daddy and I were working on a "nooner." We turned on the Disney Channel & told the President that we needed to have a grown-up conversation with no kids, and disappeared into the bedroom. Door locked, we weren't wasting any time...sure enough, in no time flat we hear a knock.
"What do you need, buddy?"
"I just need to put something under Harry!" ("Me too," thought My Baby's Daddy!) The President had left his favorite teddy bear in our room, and wanted to bring in a hand-held tape recorder onto which he had recorded fart sounds. The idea was that we would think Harry was passing gas. I'm just relieved he didn't leave the recorder in before & end up with a little audio porn featuring his parents.