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Old 05-18-2014, 01:37 PM   #19481
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I am sitting here waiting to hear from The Pirate. He stormed out of here yesterday in a fit of temper. I didn't buy him cigarettes when I went to the store. How cruel. I ran into Spike and he told me that he had bought a pack for him. Before I could tell The Pirate that he blew up and stormed out. Oh well. If you want to act like a 50+ child, go right ahead. Just happy you took it somewhere else.
Addie, I know you use pseudonyms for a good reason----- but can you tell me what relationship Pirate and Spike are to you, if any? There may be a good reason you tolerate intemperate outbursts from them----- maybe they have some serious health issues?

Pardon me for being nosy. I made a mistake one time asking why you tolerated something from your daughter, who turned out to have a serious illness that I had forgotten about, to my dismay.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:34 PM   #19482
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Addie, I know you use pseudonyms for a good reason----- but can you tell me what relationship Pirate and Spike are to you, if any? There may be a good reason you tolerate intemperate outbursts from them----- maybe they have some serious health issues?

Pardon me for being nosy. I made a mistake one time asking why you tolerated something from your daughter, who turned out to have a serious illness that I had forgotten about, to my dismay.
Spike and The Pirate are brothers and both are my sons. Spike is the oldest. The Pirate is a recovering drug addict. It wouldn't take much to push him over the edge right back into heroin. If The Pirate wants to have a temper tantrum he can. Who am I to tell him what he should be feeling. He is a grown man now. All I ask is that he leave my home when he chooses to have one. So far he has abided by my wishes. For the most part, he is my housekeeper. He cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom the other night. Cleaned my bathroom yesterday afternoon. But that doesn't mean I have to tolerate his childish temper tantrums. And he knows it.

I try to not tell anyone how to live their lives. Including my own children.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:48 PM   #19483
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Spike and The Pirate are brothers and both are my sons. Spike is the oldest. The Pirate is a recovering drug addict. It wouldn't take much to push him over the edge right back into heroin. If The Pirate wants to have a temper tantrum he can. Who am I to tell him what he should be feeling. He is a grown man now. All I ask is that he leave my home when he chooses to have one. So far he has abided by my wishes. For the most part, he is my housekeeper. He cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom the other night. Cleaned my bathroom yesterday afternoon. But that doesn't mean I have to tolerate his childish temper tantrums. And he knows it.

I try to not tell anyone how to live their lives. Including my own children.
Thank you for this information. Now I understand.
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:48 PM   #19484
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Rule 1. You wear it.You wash it.
Rule 2. Don't like the service with a smile. Read rule #1 again.

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Old 05-18-2014, 05:39 PM   #19485
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Well, I didn't have a sleepless night - in fact I slept so well I missed both alarms and TB trying to wake me for church! I must have needed it! I got up around 11 am!

Tasks for the day are more ceremony stuff and laundry. Can't wait for tonight's finale of the Amazing Race!
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Yay Connor and Dave won the amazing race!

We are just trying to decide if we go out for a late dinner or have something here. I am not that hungry, could do with just a milkshake!
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:00 AM   #19487
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Thank you for this information. Now I understand.
You're welcome. To further explain, Spike has had eight heart attacks. He is a contractor and he could build a house all by himself if need be. There isn't anything he can't fix or do. But because of his heart, I never ask him to fix anything. I tell him what I would like to have. He hears me, and in his own time, when he feels like it, he will take care of it for me. When I moved in, the shower head was way up by the ceiling and had the habit of turning toward the wall when you turned the water on. I mentioned that I would love to have a slide bar for the shower head. I also mentioned that every time I had to step out of the tub, I was so afraid of falling. I really needed a grab bar right there. Within two weeks I had both.

The Pirate was a carpet installer and floor man for 20 years. His knees were shot from "kicking in" the carpet. The pain became so bad that he started to take heroin to manage the pain. He was self employed and he had no health insurance. Since then, he has kicked it several times, but the edge is always there. I have always expected to get "that phone call" every parent dreads. Today he is very high strung from the drugs. So there are days when you feel like you are walking on egg shells.

My daughter is my first born. She is the one with brain cancer. She saw her oncologist last week and after two years he has stopped her chemo. The tumor is still there. And will stay there. They will do an MRI every three months and keep and eye on it. If it should start to grow again, she will go back on the chemo. The chances of her survival are only 5%.

My last child is Poo. He is the brains of the family. He is a physician assistant and lives in Vermont. Any medical questions, we all run to him. He graduated with two masters degrees in science and has been published several times.

My second daughter was kill in 1997 over the Memorial Day Weekend. That's it. My kids that can and often do drive me crazy.
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You're welcome. To further explain, Spike has had eight heart attacks. He is a contractor and he could build a house all by himself if need be. There isn't anything he can't fix or do. But because of his heart, I never ask him to fix anything. I tell him what I would like to have. He hears me, and in his own time, when he feels like it, he will take care of it for me. When I moved in, the shower head was way up by the ceiling and had the habit of turning toward the wall when you turned the water on. I mentioned that I would love to have a slide bar for the shower head. I also mentioned that every time I had to step out of the tub, I was so afraid of falling. I really needed a grab bar right there. Within two weeks I had both.

The Pirate was a carpet installer and floor man for 20 years. His knees were shot from "kicking in" the carpet. The pain became so bad that he started to take heroin to manage the pain. He was self employed and he had no health insurance. Since then, he has kicked it several times, but the edge is always there. I have always expected to get "that phone call" every parent dreads. Today he is very high strung from the drugs. So there are days when you feel like you are walking on egg shells.

My daughter is my first born. She is the one with brain cancer. She saw her oncologist last week and after two years he has stopped her chemo. The tumor is still there. And will stay there. They will do an MRI every three months and keep and eye on it. If it should start to grow again, she will go back on the chemo. The chances of her survival are only 5%.

My last child is Poo. He is the brains of the family. He is a physician assistant and lives in Vermont. Any medical questions, we all run to him. He graduated with two masters degrees in science and has been published several times.

My second daughter was kill in 1997 over the Memorial Day Weekend. That's it. My kids that can and often do drive me crazy.
Your family and you have certainly had more than their share of problems! I'm so sorry and I'm honored that you shared with me (and others).
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:57 PM   #19489
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Your family and you have certainly had more than their share of problems! I'm so sorry and I'm honored that you shared with me (and others).
No matter what, my kids know we are still a family and pull together when it is necessary. And that includes the 17 grand and great grand children. The day I go news about my daughter, I called Spike and he in turn called the other kids. They stayed with me through the second worse day of my life while she was in surgery having most of the cancerous tumor removed. We know that we can turn to each other if need be. Because that is what a family does.
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Addie, I don't mean to make little of your family, but isn't there a dog in the mix somewhere?
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