I hope all reading this had a very happy Thanksgiving. After much soul searching and against my better judgement, I went to my daughters for dinner. I decided to go based on our phone conversations which have been going well. I didn't realize how long it had been since I had seen her until I noticed that I haven't posted here since September. She promised me that I would have a nice day if I came. Guess what? I did. It was a small group. Things worked out very nicely, in that some of the family "aggitaters" had other plans this year, so there was virtually no stress. After dinner, we watched a movie together. I even got a nice, genuine hug. She is not reading An Unquiet Mind yet, but she is reading How to Have an Exuberant Life. We didn't talk about Dr. Laura at all. She lives far enough away, that I always have the decision about whether or not to spend the night. Although it was after dark when I got home, I decided not to push it and drove home. So, I can honestly say that all went well. She had been sick with a cold this week and I noticed her mode changing slightly which was all the impetus I need to make the decision to leave. I'm very happy with the effort she made. It was obvious that she really worked hard to make it a nice day.
My son has started his job which takes him about 4 1/2 hours from home, so he's having to stay in a motel. He's working on a drilling rig. The pay is pretty good. This particular job will last about a month and then hopefully, there won't be too much delay before another starts. It's exactly what we need in order to work toward more independence for both of us. So, good things are happening. I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude that both of these situations will continue to improve. I don't have to tell any of you, that I am having to fight the thoughts of impending doom and failure tooth and nail. I have a friend who uses the expression "Don't borrow trouble". Well, for a lot of years, it seems like I have never had to borrow it when it comes to my family. We seem to have won the lottery in it, and it has just always been there for the taking. Maybe, the account has finally run out. I hope so with all of my heart. I'm ready to borrow some happiness. Happy Holidays! And once again, thanks for listening.