Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Thursday March 5, 2015. The temperature is 47.6°F and the humidity is 61% at 5:25 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0.7 with gusts of 1.6 mph. It was mostly clear when I stuck my head out this morning. I saw the Big Dipper and a few wispy clouds. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 79 today.
My friend (whom I’ve been calling) Dora’s stepfather has made it through the night. They’re hoping he’ll make it to Friday as they’re redoing a trust and trying to get durable power of attorney for Dora, which they’ve got scheduled with the lawyer for Friday. Once he passes away, the trust cannot be changed.
We all heard the death rattle yesterday (there is a more clinical term for it, but I’ve forgotten it) so the end can’t be far off. Frankly, I expected a call from Dora in the night saying that he’d gone, but the phone didn’t ring.
Of course, it’s gotten me reflecting on my own mortality. There’s nothing dignified about the end of this man’s life. There’s only trying to make him comfortable until his body shuts down completely. He’s hardly verbal anymore. His daughter from his first marriage went looking through old pictures for the memorial—found black and white pictures of him in the service, of him as a child with his brother and mother. A lot of memories of Christmas. It was nice.
And wedding countdown… 16 days…The only thing that keeps me from stressing out completely is thinking of how freaked I’ll be in a week.
Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.
1. Finish Examiner review of Poems, Protest and a Dream .
2. Start another Examiner review.
3. Continue reading Teresa of Avila
4. Review ghost story
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