Sometimes I feel embarrassed to tell people about what is going on in my life, because it is usually over the top. I don’t want to come across as a dysfunctional family like those so popular on prime time TV these-a-days. I certainly don’t want to be pitied or gossiped about. And I desperately yearn for a period of quiet stability. Even just a week? Mebbe?
With that said, I always seem to have something new and crazy to report. Or several somethings.
Let’s see, where to begin?
Oh! Fen flew. In air.* I have a book contract, my father-in-law just got his second round of chemo for lung cancer, Ida is getting over the canine flu, Christian and his partner are moving their entire studio to a new location, Annie (my step daughter) has enrolled in the Marines, and I made some kick-ass pepperoni bread**. Did I tell you my sister had an 8 lb fibroid removed from her when she had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago, and my dad was out and we drank at lunch every day between rounds at the hospital?
The thing I really want to talk about right now (because it’s the freshest), is Annie going into the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
This is one of those instances where something that someone tells you smacks you out of the blue and seems completely and utterly whacked, but then by the time it sinks in, it is obviously the only choice that was ever going to be made.
Annie is very excited, she has her path set out and she’s focused on seeing it all through- in about 7 years she will have gone through enough training and schooling to be a lawyer for the Marines. I’m sure we’ll hear some interesting stories along the way…
The really sad part of this whole deal is that she is getting zero support from one side of her family, which is making Annie’s resolve bittersweet. She’s made up her mind but is met with terrible resistance in the form of screaming and finger-pointing and blaming. (Everything that happens that is negatively perceived is Christian’s fault. It’s sort of comical.)
I’m not going to blather on, since it’s exhausting. Do you have someone in your life that thrives on trying to suck people into their misery?
This is a good time to practice gratitude, take deep breaths, focus on the present, and bake.
**Pepperoni bread. Delicious despite its alarming shape.