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One good thing that's coming out of the whole shitstorm about the fanfiction survey fiasco? I'm finding all these cool people posting stuff on different threads that I want to add to my reading list. You wouldn't think it'd have an upside, but hey. There it is.

Yesterday was kind of a weird day. I took Dad down to visit his cousin in Olympia, who's 88 and whose daughter, a few years older than me, recently took him out of an assisted care facility after finding him to be mistreated rather badly. He didn't really remember Dad at first, even though they were great good friends when I was a kid, and doesn't often remember his daughter, but he did have some good moments where he and Dad were able to reminisce a bit. It made me happy that Dad was happy, and my cousin said that when she told her father we were coming down, his face lit up, but it also made me abysmally sad about everything that's got away over the years, about failing parents and the loss of my sister and just everything in between. Dad's four years younger than George, and he's all kind of bent over and using a cane and I noticed that the last black hairs on his head are all gone now, and it's snow white and he's largely bald. It's scary and sad and I wish so badly that sis_r was here to help me with this (not that she would, she'd just bitch me out for being a whiner and a depressing freak, but you know, that's how we were with each other).

I'm trying to use my d-dub account more often, as I haven't used it at all really, but I'm just so intimidated about uploading my icons. Someone said there was batch uploading... but I can't find it (maybe because I'm using Safari?). And I'm really intimidated by some of the things like commands for seeing comments made in one journal or another... Are there resources for people who are too stupid to do anything on their own (something along the lines of "A is for apple")?

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yinkawills
Sep. 1st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
>..it also made me abysmally sad about everything that's got away over the years, about failing parents and the loss of my sister and just everything in between. Dad's four years younger than George, and he's all kind of bent over and using a cane and I noticed that the last black hairs on his head are all gone now, and it's snow white and he's largely bald. It's scary and sad...<

This? Is so familiar to me. Struggling with the very idea of my parents as frail, vulnerable, and coming very near to the time when they'll no longer be with me. They are both in their 80s- one has recently developed heart problems and as he retired abroad I'll have to try and find money to visit him. The other- my mum- has just gone into hospital for rehab (OT and PT) following a mini stroke.

So your entry really struck a chord.
I send you- and yours- my best regards. :)

Yinka
gwyn_r
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much -- it's nice to know there are others out there who get it, you know? And I'm so sorry to hear that your mum just had a stroke -- there are so many nerve-wracking problems for elders out there already but stroke, geez, that's one of the worst and the most frightening. I wish you the best of luck and that both your parents get better.
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