Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part Seven, The Rest of the Trip

We head back to Illinois on Monday, which is Memorial Day.  Steve has suggested at least once that perhaps I didn’t plan this trip very well.  Did I realize it was Memorial Day weekend when I was planning it?  I don’t think I did, but it hasn’t made much difference…

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Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part Six

We return to what I’ve come to think of as The House of Dust.  Two years unoccupied.  We opened the windows to air the house out when we arrived on Friday.  I vacuumed on Saturday.  Why does the house smell even worse?  Steve says it’s that vacuum cleaner.  He’s certain…

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Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part Five

We go into the living room to chat some more.  Of course Mom can’t hear anything even when someone shouts.  No one is sitting close to her to repeat everything so she just misses most of it.  She’s gone to the bathroom three or four times.  She’s sat down and…

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Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part Four

Sunday, May 26, 2012  Scrub and I have decided to go to church “out on the prairie” which is where my parents always went to church.  If we go we might run into some of our cousins and maybe our aunt and uncle, my father’s brother and his wife.  We…

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Family Therapy in The House of Dust, Part One

Thursday May 24, 2012  I fly fromFort Myers,Florida to O’Hare in Chicago.  My friend Sue who is also my former sister-in-law picks me up around ten in the morning.  We eat at Cracker Barrel on the way toLadd, Illinoiswhere she lives.  This is part of my planned trip:  Fly into Chicago,…

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My Oldest Friend

“Write about your oldest friend.” I am interpreting this to mean someone with whom you’ve had a friendship of long duration, not someone you’re friends with who is a senior citizen or close to it. My oldest friend is Cathy. We met in secretarial school and soon discovered we lived…

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Looking Forward

Another Blog-A-Week topic:  (I didn’t save them all, only the ones I found interesting as possible topics.) “What are you looking forward to this year?” The first thing that comes to mind is my daughter’s wedding this fall.  Under her calm exterior I think she’s super-excited.  She’s attended several friends’…

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