I had the honor of writing for Soft Flex Company this month. They liked my blog post about Korea and how it related to how I make jewelry, so they asked me if I had a follow-up on that subject. The article I wrote has to do with my Italian travels, so if you're interested, please click here.
|Marsure, Italy, in the north|
Today I saw my dad left. He has follow-up appointments at home. If anyone is interested in the email I sent to the Patient Advocate to Easton's Shore Health System Hospital about the "care" they gave my dad, let me know. It was hideous. One of the things I hate about living here is our hospital is terrible. Whenever possible, I drive to Annapolis, MD for care, but Dad was in too much pain. BUT, he's back to his old self, and I'm so very grateful for all your thoughts. He was humbled, too, as I showed him your notes.
We did have a lovely day the day he got here. Zack immediately bonded with both Dad and my step-mother, Gloria, who also came, even though she'd been in a diabetic coma last week. To say I was on high-alert with every bit of WebMd and pre-med memory in my mind is to put it mildly. But they insisted on coming. It's been six years since they've been to see me (long story) so maybe all the medical surprises they've had over the weeks gave them pause. And we also had the sobering discussion about wills and what not. I hated that conversation.
But on to beautiful things!
Here's my dad, a bit pensive. My hair takes after him, so it looks like I'll be going white in my older age, which I'm actually looking forward to (the hair color that is).
And here's a picture of Gloria, Dad, and their dog that weighs 12 pounds and terrorized my 22 pound cat. We ended up keeping the kitties upstairs.
I love that my dad wears purple shirts.
Then Dad made Zack the happiest boy in the world by taking him for a ride in his convertible. Zack is a car NUT and can tell you a million things about cars and about had a fit when he saw Dad's car.
And then that night all hell broke loose. Dad came home after a night of observation and rested an extra day beyond their planned leaving. The morning they decided to leave, I looked on the porch and saw he and Zack playing Battle Ship.
To say that Zack and Dad got along is an understatement.
My relationship with my Dad has always been complicated. However, in the past year in particular, it's grown into something I can live with and be happy with and would be able to die happy knowing I'd done all I could to make my feelings known, and he's made many efforts to mend fences.
Some fences, I realize, can never be mended. I do understand that and am here to say that as long as you know you've done all YOU can do and have led the life you feel has been the best you can, then you're ok. At least, that's my opinion. Life is very short, and I may sound cynical at best and rude at worst, but it's too short to waste on things that don't matter and people that don't care.
For those participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party,
please give me to the 7th to get your partners out at the least.
I'm exhausted, and thanks to Lisa Liddy,
she's double-checking my work.
I promise, we'll be fine, and can always extend a little if we need.
In the meantime, save time
by collecting the BEST BEADS POSSIBLE!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.