family

Bit of another day

 
Today's the day my mother and her husband left on their long vacation in Europe. Since I have never yet been able to afford a place of my own this is I think the first time I've had an opportunity to direct my own life without anyone else looming over me. Repeatedly leading up to this people have checked on me that I know how to do things like sweep floors or wash clothes or cook food. I find it upsetting that people seem to view me as rather more helpless than I am, especially since there doesn't...

Reasons tonight ended today inverted

 
This is just my excessive, entitled petulant whining, right? An obnoxious expression of privileged ignorance over nothing that I'm lucky to have. But I hate living here. Hate it hate it hate it. Today was such a lovely day, up early, take care of the various pets, walk down to the shops, clean out and refill dishwasher, scrub the pot I'd used, sweep the floor, take the bins out, look for work... I was happy because I'd taken care of things that I saw needed doing and no one in the process had treated...

Shadow Writing

 
Earlier this week, my last remaining Grandparent died. His mental and physical health sharply declined in the last two years, and I'm relieved that it's over. This afternoon, Dad asked for some writing help with an eleogy he was writing for the funeral. We shared dinner at a nearby restaurant. I read the short recollection he had put to paper and talked to him about his memories of Grandpa. When we returned to my apartment, I took what he wrote and produced this: Hidden Gifts, by Steve...

Waveform Trilogy

 
2007 was a Janus-faced coin. Occasionally I forgot it as I went about my daily life, but more often than not it was an unpleasant resident of my pocket. I was never completely free of it until its worth finally expired. From a distance, it doesn't look all that different from any other denomination of currency in this country. Silver and worn, it could hide easily among the quarters. In this way it bares a resemblance to the Canadian coinage that often shows up in Minnesota. While similarly shaped,

Oh, no...please, no...

 
My step-mother just called. Dad's in the hospital with high blood pressure. He's never had a history of heart problems, but he's certainly not in the best of health. He's all right for the moment, but they are keeping him for observation...

Births and Deaths

 
"I've got some bad news for you," Dad said from across the table. My mind raced with the possibilities. Did someone die? Does Dad have cancer? What happened?It was Thursday night, and Dad offered to take me out to dinner for my birthday. I would have normally looked forward to a free meal, but I've lumped my birthday into the same smattering of end-of-the-year holidays I detest. Further to this point, my step-mother was also invited. She and I don't have the best relationship.

His Hidden Purpose

 
Dad: I did it, bought a new hard drive. Tess: Excellent. Dad: Seagate SATA 500Gb Tess: Heh, you even listened to my advice about seagate. Tess: Where do you find that? Dad: Yap Dad: It did not work at first Tess: You probably had SATA turned off in the BIOS or something. Dad: Correct, I called your brother and he remotely logged onto my computer and found the problem, right away. Tess: Now I get it. Tess: THIS is why you bought us both computers when we were little. All that free tech support!