September 27th, 2005

Think People

re: my last post

Update... hubby said last night when I got home that they wouldn't even really give her until the end of the year. The doctors have said it is pretty advanced.

I should point out that I am not sad, or at least not as sad as maybe I should be. I have had lots of disagreements with her in the past and I cannot help but feel that at 78 she is right in making the choice not to go through the cancer treatments.

I told my husband last night that she has lived a life most would envy, she grew up wealthy (she recalls having "servants" when she was little), went to college when most women didn't, taught school for a year, married a (as she puts it) smart and handsome doctor, had a son and two grandsons, and essentially never wanted for anything. She was afforded the luxury of travel and nice clothes... this doesn't make her actual situation any less sad, but it does seem to give her a sense of peace about leaving this world for whatever comes after. It is something she has accepted, as she does everything else, ... with extreme graciousness.

I guess I feel that she is making the right decision and that undergoing the treatments might be more of an insult ... but, her immediate family, with the exception of her husband (i.e. her sister and her son) don't seem to feel that way, so it is just difficult right now.

Do I hope the doctors are wrong and she has another ten or fifteen years? Sure. Do I want her to live those years being miserable? Nah, I don't dislike her that much! :)

Besides, none of us are guaranteed even one day more. I could leave my office at lunch and get hit by a bus, why bemoan her having "only a year" when she has had 78 good years already.

Someone tell me I am not being a jackass?
Tigger Yuck!

Appeal to the senses...

All of a sudden democrats are starting to get it...?

I think the impetus is right, in order for Democrats to gain control of the White House and Congress they need to buck Republican decisions and stand firm against them. I don't think in this case it will make enough of a difference. Bush has lots of rope and he's already damn near hanged himself with it loads of times...

But then, part of me wants to run... the trouble is I can't decide if I want to run for office or run away!

I am so tempted to give up politics altogether... it makes me even more cynical than normal, which is not a good thing.
Why Me? Penguin

I wish I had $75 right now

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Why Me? Penguin

Another poem I will probably take to my writing group this week...

As if they aren't sick enough of my bad poetry... ;)

Automatic Pilot

What it lacks in speed and grace
it makes up for
in sheer novelty.

Its clean white planes
dipping, drowning,
slipping through the air
then sailing, gliding,
and if only briefly,
it soars.
The flimsy creation abruptly dips again
before regaining itself.

It nearly makes it
across the fluorescent lit distance so expansive it seems miles, even light years away…

Only to dip,
this time with no recovery
and land lopsided on the tile.