Today is my dad/papa's 82nd birthday. I spent the last few days thinking about how life has changed in his lifetime. Of course, some things have come and then gone again. He was excited today to be able to video chat with his grandson and then was amazed to see all the people wishing him happy birthday on Facebook. I know some of you can't imagine a world without technology yet to him doing things the old fashioned/manual way is what he understands and knows. I think of the ways the world has changed in the past 82 years and what papa has accomplished. He dropped out of school his senior year to join the Marines (he played his parents for permission as he was underage). He went off to Korea for a tour. He contracted malaria which impacted his life for many years. I remember when he was finally able to donate blood (about 25 years later). He spent 40 years in the service - Marine active duty then Marine Reserves retired from all that after 20 and then joined the National Guard Reserves for 20 more years. When I grew up, papa always worked two or three jobs (guess that's where I got it from) to support the family and let my mom stay home. When papa was in his early 40s, he studied and received his GED, he was determined to finish school. He then went on to learn about computers so he could help his job develop tracking and scheduling systems. Until a couple of years ago, papa was always purchasing new computers and software to keep current. He is determined to be as independent as possible and I try to assist when he lets me. When I visit he tells everyone I'm his chauffeur which he appreciates because then he can go where he wants to for a month. My sister made his day today by baking him his favorite - pineapple upside down cake and bringing in the Dunkin Donuts coffee. It's the simple things in life he still appreciates. He is a humble, quiet man who has taught me many things and is still teaching me items daily. Boy, that all just came out unexpectedly.
I had a job discussion last week. I made a proposal for a job at the nursing home since I'm there so much. I know they want someone full time which I can't/won't do, but I made a proposal any way. It was an interesting discussion because I have so many ideas and thoughts that would be beneficial to all parties. If it's meant to be something will happen, if not, I'll still help out as I do now. I am getting a little tired of the staff being short-handed, but it seems all the places around town are all hiring and have many openings for the CNAs and staff.
Lady is doing much better. The antibiotics and steroids seem to be really working. She is still a little skittish about jumping up and I don't blame her as it throws her off balance. Her appetite came back thank goodness because papa was getting very nervous about her weight loss. She is going to the groomer tomorrow to get pretty before I leave. She has been my shadow.
I have not finished a book although I'm reading three. Maybe by the weekend I'll have at least one done. Of course, it does not stop me from buying new books. What are you reading?
Mema has been doing well. We took her out to lunch last week and she picked the restaurant furthest away to enjoy a longer ride. We had a good time and she ate fairly well. She has been sleeping in a bit in the mornings. She waits for us to arrive and then says, ok, I'll get up now. She does eat well for breakfast though so I'm glad to see that. She is already excited for Christmas as she heard Shamus will be home to visit.
I know I had a few things to write about, but they do not seem that important tonight. I am going to leave it here for now. I hope you have a wonderful week - check out the full moon if you can. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition." - Martha Washington
"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm." - Arnold J. Toynbee
"Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs." - Dick Raymond
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