It is hard to put things into public words when there is so much going on inside.  So I don’t say much that seems profound these days.  Maybe I can’t cause I am not that sure what is even going on.  Life changes.  I struggle to keep up or something.

However, on a more down to earth level, we are having a visit from Leo’s brother, Paul.  Last night we barbequed for the first time on our new natural gas barbeque and for just about the first time ever, Leo tried his hand at barbecuing.  He did not burn the hamburgers!  I think his problem is multi-tasking.  It seems hard for him to be talking and cooking at the same time.  And there are not too many ways to make him shut up – so he pays more attention to his conversation than he does to the state of the cuisine.

We sat a bit around the fire pit in the backyard.  ‘Til the girl’s techno dance music drove me upstairs.  But they seemed to be having fun.

Then we babysat while the girls went out with friends for more partying.  I went to bed with the baby monitor next to me and as far as I know – baby slept and so did I.  Until my inner clock woke me at about 4 am.  I’ll probably go back to bed and try to get some more sleep but it seems no matter what, I still wake up at the same time.

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I guess this is a legitimate prayer.  Some days that is all there is energy for. 

And David the psalmist seems to have been accustomed to this too.  Here, from Psalm 31:22 (NLT):

In panic I cried out,
      “I am cut off from the Lord!”
   But you heard my cry for mercy
      and answered my call for help.

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One of Those Days

Today the little blighters all cried or screamed.  They fought and bit and spit. 
Some work got done and some not.

One of those days when I end up exhausted and wondering about the sanity of trying to sedate kids.

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Picking up on clues

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Isn’t it great how the internet latches on to words in our e-mail to suggest sites we might want to visit? You too could be linked to someplace suitable for your old age just by mentioning it in an e-mail.

It is scary that someone out there might need to link up with another active senior by an internet site. Finding friends who like to hike – or whatever sounds a little like an on-line dating service.

And then all the health tips – or promises of some magical potion to postpone the inevitable aging process. Maybe one would need that if they are out there looking for a job in our ageist culture.

Makes me think of my 80ish patient who came in lamenting that she was being forced to retire at last.

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There is a certain finality to the baby packing up and leaving.  Even if it is just for summer school and she will be back in 2 months for a final 2 months before fall session starts.

It is not like she has gone so far.  Not like she will not be back.  Not like we had to push her out. 

Its time. 


But then why does it seem as if there is a big hole in my heart?


She made me cupcakes for Mother’s Day.  Left 4 of them for us to enjoy.  And the house is suddenly quiet.  And empty.

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This should be entitled with a word I should not use

I hate it when a day begins in frustration.  Crown way overtrimmed.  No way it will fit.  Retake impression.  The patient must wait again.

Maybe it will get better from here on in.  I’m an optimist I guess.

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Post surgery

Well, our grandson Ronin has returned from Saskatoon with his little hand firmly bandaged.  The bandage is supposed to stay on for a week – if he will let it stay there.  He doesn’t seem too much the worse for wear.  I guess in a week we’ll see what his newly reconstructed hand looks like.  Second surgery will take place in about 6 months – likely just before Christmas. 

It is good to see him smiling.  Kids sure recuperate fast. 

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