Sunday, September 21, 2008

Survived

Well, Dad is driving away as I type this.

It's funny how much I dread these visits, and then they turn out to not be such a big deal. Truthfully, at this point he is so limited (he wears hearing aids in both ears and STILL can't hear, can barely walk, is insulin dependant, and takes a handful of pills multiple times a day) that he can't be as offensive as he used to be. And since he can barely function, it's easy to either talk to fast so he can't understand, or just walk into another room, since he won't follow you.

What cracks me up is all the things that he used to make fun of people for - he now does. He was always so intolerant and inpatient with 'older' people - and now he is TOTALLY one of those. The things that makes Aaron laugh is that he is always harping on 'manners' but basically has NONE of his own. Talks with his mouth full of food, orders dinner first (not waiting for the 'ladies' to order first), and is constantly interrupting every conversation.

Plus - now that I am married - he directs much of his advice to my poor, unsuspecting husband. I slept in until 8:30 on Saturday morning, and Aaron was left with my father downstairs from 6 AM until then... and I still haven't gotten the full rundown - but apparently we should add solar panels to the house (yes - we'll do that with our millions), be sure to take our kids to church each Sunday (which he never did with me - it was my mother who took me to church each Sunday), and vote for McCain (because Obama's too young).

Anyway - I survived, actually had many pleasant conversations with my stepmother, and now will spend some time this morning knitting. Then, this afternoon, I'm planning on going apple picking with my friends.

16 comments:

Danifred said...

It sounds like our fathers are two peas in a pod. My father loves to complain about how much my grandmother complains about her health... in between his complaints that his knees are bad, he fell, his wrist hurts, he might be dying...

ICLW

bleu said...

So glad the visit wasn't too bad and is over.
Amazing how someone can bitch about the very things they do, but oh so predictable.

Jen said...

I'm glad you survived! Stuff like that can be so exhausting.

Apple picking sounds like fun!

Beautiful Mess said...

I'm glad it went better then you had expected. Ahhh sleeping in, one of my favorite activities ;o) Have fun apple picking, enjoy your day!
-D *ICLW*

The Hultman's said...

Hi. I am visiting from the ICLW. So I noticed a few things on your blog. One, it looks like you are expecting a baby...CONGRATS!!! Second, I see 2 boxers on your header. I LOVE boxers. We unfortunelty lost our sweet girl, Tully, about a year ago. In fact we will be planting a tree in her memory on the 30th.
Have a great comment leaving week!

Jen said...

I'm glad you survived. It seems your sense of humor is in tact at least!

Mama Bear said...

just stoping by from iclw, apple picking sounds like fun!

Michelle said...

Stopping by from ICLW. I am glad things went well with you father's visit. I love apple picking...have a great day today.

Sugar and Ice said...

Well....at least you can have a laugh at his expense :).

CappyPrincess said...

Isn't it funny when we see folks becoming "those people" (the kind they used to complain about). I think I become one of "those people" more and more every day.

Treasure the moments.


ICLW

kirke said...

I love unsolicited advice. Let me know how those solar panels go....

Here from ICLW.

BrandiH2007 said...

I'm glad to hear things went OK. Gotta love the advice, because of course you wouldn't know what to do with out it right?

I Believe in Miracles said...

I hope you had a great time apple picking! My parents totally give me a ton of instruction and complain... I just have to let it roll off my back most of the time. Glad you survived the visit.
ICLW

seriously? said...

Here from ICLW. Isn't it funny how we all get old and do what we said we wouldn't or what we made fun of other people for?

My FIL was driving his sports car like an old man yesterday, we laughed at him as he used to at slow drivers.

I love apple picking. I am trying to arrange a trip with my friends soon!

Sweet Georgia said...

Glad the visit was not as bad as you expected! My father-in-law (74 years old) lives with us. At least it's in the basement apartment, but ...

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Martha said...

This is so funny, this could have been written about my mom. Have fun picking apples, visiting from ILCW.