Wendell, thank you for your kind offer of your "pool" for our chat this week. However, with all the rain, thunder and lightening we've had this past week and a half, I'm a little leery of being too close to water. I'll bring carrots though!
1. Is there a friend or relative who's been on your mind a lot lately?
Yes, quite a few actually. In fact, I've talked to several of them lately too. Comparing notes. Commiserating. Working toward solutions. Decompressing.
It seems that many of us are currently caretakers to our parents, spouses or handicapped children. This is definitely not a complaint for any of us. It is life changing and challenging. It's also an unscripted area for us. My grandmothers cared for my grandfathers. My aunts cared for my uncles. Somehow, it just wasn't something that was discussed. Now, we have questions about how to "do it all." From the outside looking in, it appears that they accomplished so much with so few resources and with no more time than we have. Why can't we do the same? Or are we expecting too much from ourselves?
What we have managed is an impromptu support group. OK, a very loose, very casual support group. We don't have answers. We don't have perfect solutions. We don't even know the right questions sometimes. We do know how to talk. And we certainly know how to pray for each other. We do know how to find some workable solutions. And we know what has definitely not worked for us...or what has worked temporarily.
And we're reconnecting.
2. Do you sunburn?
Is the Pope Catholic? I've always sunburned with the greatest of ease! It's one of my best summer tricks.
I'm a firm believer in sun block, hats, long pants (capris at least) and long sleeves. I used to envy my friends who tanned. Not anymore. I'm at peace with my uber white skin. Besides, my Mom is dealing with frequent skin cancers and that puts a whole new spin on tanning.
3. If you were visiting my farm for a week (or week-end) would you want to cook with me, pick veggies or pull weeds with the farm crew or just feed Wendell carrots until he outgrew his horse suit?
Well, Patrice, could I do all four? A week on a farm...what a wonderful break! Yeah, I know that it wouldn't be a break break. It would be different and so much fun getting to know you better...and maybe some of the wonderful chat ladies. Maybe we could have a work party. Is there anything in particular you need to have done that you've been avoiding? Perhaps we could do it together!
4. Do you like to tell jokes or hear them?
I'd far rather hear them. Joke telling is not one of my talents.
5. Do you wear sunglasses often?
I never wear sunglasses and don't even own any. My glasses become darker in the sun. Years ago when I wore contacts, I did wear sunglasses. I guess I could get some prescription sunglasses. I just haven't.
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