My mom had a very good week. She was able to go out most days to enjoy some time in the sun. My dad takes her wheels her out for a while and then they go to the courtyard for a little bit of time. I normally stay in and let them have their time together. We all went out for an early Father's Day lunch on Saturday. We had a beautiful day for a drive near Cape Cod.
The nursing home was undergoing state inspection this past week. It was interesting to watch and even participate in because you know I had to speak to the state people at least once. Don't worry I was professional and honest. The only person that I mentioned for being unprofessional and not doing her job was the social worker. I actually went online to find the definition and job description of a social worker so I would know possibly what she might be doing now and then. Believe me she is not doing even half of what is listed. I must admit after spending over 30 years in the customer service field to have to deal with someone that can not explain her job is so frustrating. How do you handle your frustrations?
With today being father's day thought I would share a couple of memories. My dad worked his butt off for us and I remember much of it. He normally had two or three jobs when I was growing up - perhaps that's why I almost always had two or three jobs. He was tough and very old fashioned. Although times were changing he was not. He would not allow me to play the typical boy sports - I had a neighborhood full of boys so I played basketball (even short people can have fun), football, street hockey, etc. My mom wanted to buy me a hockey stick one year and my dad would not allow her to because hockey was for boys. He refused to allow me to join the service as no daughter of his would be a marine. When there was talk of drafting women he said if they draft you, you will go. I said no I'll go to Canada. He also did not believe that I should know how to fix anything including the car. He would say if the car breaks down someone will stop because you're a girl. I said I don't want to open my car door/window to some stranger if I'm out. So I got AAA just in case. My father did not like when I was becoming an independent young woman - especially if it meant going against his rules. Yet he was more than supportive when I decided to move away from home for a job opportunity. He rented a truck and moved my stuff along with a friends. He taught me many things over the years and I can appreciate all that he is - even when he drives me crazy! I hope you have some fun memories of your father or a male role model. I also hoped you enjoyed my walk down memory lane.
I finished reading "Mukhabarat Baby!" by Eric Burkhart. I read this book slowly and then read it again. It is Eric's memoirs of being a wartime spy. I found the book honestly written. He wrote with integrity and admiration for his colleagues. His story made me cry, laugh and learn a bit of history. What are you reading?
This coming week my niece and nephew finish school for this year. Yes, it's late, but they had a long winter. My niece is finishing up her freshman year at high school! My nephew is finishing middle school and will be a freshman in the fall. I can't believe it - they are growing up so fast.
I am going to leave it here for today. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
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