Fathers represent another way of looking at life — the possibility of an alternative dialogue.

Today has already been a long day, and it is only halfway finished. Gracie woke me up at 6:30 so we went out. It was raining, a light rain, but Gracie doesn’t care for rain so we went back inside quickly where both of us got cozy and easily returned to the arms of Morpheus. I woke up at 10:20. It was then I learned a new verse to Dem Bones: the back bone is connected to the head bone. I could barely walk and I had a headache, but Gracie and Maddie were waiting, Maddie less patiently than Gracie. She meowed. I took Gracie out, got my newspapers and yesterday’s mail. I stopped twice to rest my back. Gracie waited. Once inside, I grabbed Maddie’s dishes and filled both of them, put the coffee on then fed Gracie. She wolfed down her breakfast as if she hadn’t eaten in days. I got my coffee and started reading the papers. I turned on MSNBC just to check recent news and got throughly caught up in the Flynn testimony. By then it was time for more coffee and an English muffin which Gracie and I shared. I finished the papers but kept an ear to the TV. That’s where we are right now.

I was a bit surprised when I woke up to see the rain had given way to a sunny day with warmish temperatures, especially for December. My nose should be cold, and I should be bundling to stay warm; instead, a sweatshirt is more than enough. Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’m just surprised, happily surprised.

My father would have been 91 today. I think of him often especially when I fall or hit my finger with a hammer, a couple of dad things I inherited. I miss his sense of humor and our seemingly endless games of cards. I remember once when we were playing High Low Jack, and he did something to his back and fell off the bench to the floor. He didn’t complain about the pain. All he kept saying is, “I’m trumping. I’m trumping.” We roared laughing while he was still on the floor. He and I played endless games of cribbage. My wins were luck; his were expertise. That drove me crazy, and he knew it so he always said it after one of his wins. I wish I could play one more game of cribbage with him. I’d even be glad if he won because I’d get to see him smile and gloat one more time. I’m thinking about you, Dad!

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17 Comments on “Fathers represent another way of looking at life — the possibility of an alternative dialogue.”

  1. Hedley Says:

    And so it came to pass.

    Somewhere in Moscow the Fat Cheating Argentinian put his fat little fingers in the bowl and pulled out Group F for the World Cup 2018

    South Korea

    Christer and Birgit will be staring at each other in the “Group of Death” Meanwhile England and Belgium are drawn with Tunisia and Panama. I had heard that #45 told Flynn to contact Russia and fix it so that the USA gets back in.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love it-that last line of yours. It is a wonderful defense for the backdoor communications.

      I will stand on the sidelines during a Sweden-Germany game.

      • Hedley Says:

        Hang on…..you clearly stated that you would be supporting Sweden in the World Cup.

        June 23rd is the group match between Germany and Sweden

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        Walking remarks back seems to be the trend so I will follow suit. I am on the sidelines.

    • olof1 Says:

      Isn’t it typical! Germany of all countries 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Lately, that has been the way things work in Washington now. Say what you want, and let people believe it is true unless you get caught then walk it back.

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer, I was so glad that we dodged them. You have an extremely difficult group.

      • olof1 Says:

        Germany and Mexico! Well as long as England doesn’t lose I still have a country to cheer on 🙂 At least we don’t have Zlatan any more 🙂 Finally they all play football and not just trying to kick the ball to him 🙂 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer – Even though Zlatan “retired” after the Euros, don’t you think his ego is such that he will try to come back with Sweden in the World Cup ?

      • olof1 Says:

        No I don’t think so and the manager doesn’t seem to be interested in asking him either thankfully.

      • katry Says:

        Meanwhile, we in the US just lower our heads in shame.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I think it has been cloudy all day here end we even had some snow falling on my way to work but the same tiny kind we had earlier this week. They made a long time prediction not long ago saying that the beginning of December would start unusually cold so I’m not the least surprised that they now say we’ll have up to 45F during days this coming week 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ve read about that hearing today but they don’t say much over here, did he or did he not say Trump had said he should contact the Russian? I’ve read both here 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is still sunny but it is getting chilly. We’re expecting a cold night. I just came in after taking Gracie to the yard. She wants her evening meal so I’m feeding her. That dog seems hungry all the time.

      He just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacting the Russians. He hasn’t mentioned Trump. The White House has fallen on saying he only worked here for 23 days and worked with Obama during his presidency. What the White House didn’t say was Obama fired him and warned Trump not to trust Flynn; of course, Trump ignored the warning.

  3. Bob Says:

    I know how you feel about missing your dad. Yesterday would have been my father’s 103rd birthday. Unfortunately, my dad and I disagreed on many things. Kind like the way my 20 year old son disagrees with me. I guess it’s either karma or a case of what goes around comes around….:-)

    I’m sorry that your back is still giving you grief. Have you thought about getting acupuncture? Maybe the acupuncturist who is treating Gracie will give you a two for one deal. I don’t think acupuncture is an approved medical treatment in this country. Maybe the same schooling for both people and animals,

    Today is very nice again with a high temperature of 70 degrees and clear skies. Supposedly a colder cold front is coming over the weekend.

    • katry Says:

      My father and I were poles apart politically. We learned not to discuss politics as the best way to keep the peace. My brother and I found out we both told the same story: our father was a democrat until he started making 6 figures then he became a republican.

      I have given acupuncture lots of thought. I need to do a bit of research regarding cost and insurance and such. Gracie’s acupuncturist is a vet and we go to the vet’s office.

      It was a warmish day today but started getting cold by the afternoon. We’ll have the same sort of day for a while, in the 40’s, and at night we’ll go down to the 30’s.

      • Bob Says:

        Politically my dad and I were on the same wavelength. However, when it came to money or investing my father’s picture would be in the dictionary under the definition of a schlemiel. He trusted friends who didn’t mind taking advantage of him for several years. Eventually he figured out he was not getting kissed he filed a lawsuit against his friend and lost.

        He got involved in such schemes as viatacles. Viatacles is buying AIDs patient’s life insurance policies at a huge discount and hoping they will die soon and get the full value of the policy. He believed that owning real estate was a bad investment because it didn’t earn interest. I’m sure he is arguing with God that heaven is a bad investment and that God should sell out and pay rent to the Devil. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Luckily my dad was smart with what stock he bought. Also, he plowed money back into the company he was running. They had to buy his stock when he retired. It was a pretty penny.

        My father died young, but he took care that my mother would never have to worry about money. She lived 12 years longer than he had.

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