It has been an eventful 3 days. I went to the Bay Area to help my Dad and his wife again. Had two full days of appointments scheduled, so went a day early to give my Mom ‘equal time.’ That can be stressful as well, but we actually had a very nice time, and I got a gorgeous pair of Ann Taylor heels for spring at the Thrift Store! We went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, and I really did overeat. Then went back to my hotel room, and did like I always did when presented with the cable TV–channel surfed like crazy. And even though I had overeaten, I had to have my evening popcorn, and then settled down to watch ‘Half-Ton Dad.’ Oh. My. Goodness. Honestly, I don’t really like these kinds of shows, but I couldn’t stop watching. And the whole time I am watching, I am ‘feeling’ like I am every bit as fat as that. I was very happy the next morning that I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and I actually still have a shape in the middle…
And the next morning, I had a stomach ache. That hasn’t happened to me for years. Do you know that they make a Mylanta that is ‘for the pain and discomfort caused by overeating?’ What is wrong with our society?
We got a lot accomplished with the D&J situation (as my sister and I have come to call the situation with Dad and his wife) but the more you get done, the more it seems there is to do. And, honestly, even though I am always most anxious to leave and come home, I feel terrible walking out the door and leaving them alone.
So here’s the question I pondered on my way home:
Why don’t they teach you useful stuff in school? Like ‘How to Care for Aging Parents.’ ‘How to Buy a House.’ ‘The Endless Evils of Credit Cards.’ ‘How to Stay Married More Than Seven Years.’ ‘How to Be a Mother Without Losing Your Mind.’ Oh yeah, and ‘How to Eat Healthy in an Unhealthy World.’