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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembrance Day

Jeremy and I R gonna go 2 a Remembrance-Day ceremony 2day, even tho Mom decided not 2 bother this yr. Her reason is that Gramps is not well enuf 2 go, and will B watching on TV instead.

Mom sez that this is what's gonna happen: Iris will set up Gramps in his recliner w/blankets and pillows and w/a hot water bottle on his chest. She'll ask him if he's comfy enuf, even tho she knows he won't answer. On the program, sum1 will say, "We R gathered here 2day, 2 remember our sons, our daughters, our relatives and friends....ordinary ppl w/extraordinary courage...our soldiers of war." Iris will put a hand on his shoulder and say, "Jim? The Remembrance Day Service has started, dear!" Unbeknowest 2 Iris, hearing the service will make Gramps have a special sleep where he hears everything and also has a vivid dream where a guy who resembles Mike, dressed as a soldier, rescues a little girl who is wandering in an area where bombs R being dropped. From the inside an archway, the little girl and the Mike-looking soldier can see the town on fire as Mike-soldier sweats like crazy out of his hairline. When real-life Merrie wanders over 2 the odefoax home and finds her way 2 Gramps an' Iris's apt, so she can ask Iris if her gr8-grampa Jim got 2 C "all the stuff abt the war," Iris will say, "No, Meredith." Then Merrie will look gobsmacked as Iris says, "He slept rite thru it."

I asked Mom how it was that she knew that all this is gonna happen, and she sed, "It's ordained 2 happen that way." She refused 2 say more. I asked her if she wasn't concerned abt Merrie B-ing allowed 2 wander around like that, and she sed, "I let U kids wander around, and U all turned out fine." I tried 2 remind her that I almost drowned in the ravine, but she stuck her fingers in her ears and sang, "LALALALALALALA!"


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  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said…

    It seems sort of sad that Meredith will only remember the Jim she sees in his last days but it cannot be helped. The memory will, in the fullness of time, be too blurry to affect her concept of how old people behave, really. It's painful to contemplate a man who did so much ending up like that but, like I said, there's nothing that can be done. The main thing, something I forgot for a while, is not to burn with rage at those around him because if he were restored to his old self, he'd leap to their defense.

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    dc2, jeremy and i saw a coupla gramps's old war buddies when we went 2 the remembrance-day ceremony. they told us sum cool stories and reassured me that young gramps looked nothing like michael.


  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger duncan anderson said…

    Hey, Apes,

    How r u? The weather is very warm here. Jer says the weather there is not very warm. Mayb Jer can come 2 Barbados sumday, Id rilly like 2 beat him up again. But I hafta beat up Arne & CW 1st & I cant beat up CW till hes 18. Not that Im an aggressive d00d or nething.

    Thank u 4 looking up "folie a trois" 4 me. Im going 2 think abt it.

    Got 2 go. Sunday @ 2 pm is family visit time, & Perdita & Andy & Gran always come 2 c me. Oh, man, Perdita brot that jerk w/ her.


  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said…

    It's good to know that he looked nothing like Mike. Not that you'd catch Mike in a war zone or anything. Hell, he wouldn't even be a conscientious objector and fight fires or something. He'd just run to the nearest neutral country and hide under a bed.

  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    dunc, which jerk? do u know if u get 2 come back 2 mboro? do those doctors think that yr whole mboro life has been sum weird delusion? i m confused!

    dc2, despite mike's high opinion of himself, i don't think ne of those neutral countries want him!


  • At 4:45 PM, Blogger duncan anderson said…

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  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger duncan anderson said…

    Hey, Apes,

    I got xtra 'puter time 2day cos I didnt get out of bed Friday 2 use Fridays 'puter time.

    Perdita brot Arne w/ her. I dont think its cube 2b d8ing yr dads best friend, specially when yr dads in a secure treatment facility.


  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    aw, man, dunc. and if perdita married arne, it wd make u and zandra (and cw) kinda, like, rel8ed. which wd b awkward, eh?

    I hope those doctors let yr fam move back 2 mboro soon.


  • At 9:37 PM, Blogger duncan anderson said…


  • At 9:45 PM, Anonymous perdita anderson said…

    Oh, my goodness,

    I took little Anderson to the W.C. and left my laptop in the room. I'm very sorry for what you had to read, April.

    I will consult with the team tomorrow, but I don't think that Duncan should have any "'puter time" for the foreseeable future, since all he is doing is distressing himself, and presumably, his young friends in Milborough.

    Please do give my regards to your mother.

    Have a pleasant evening,
    Perdita Anderson

    p.s. I don't understand why Duncan is upset about my alleged relationship with Arne Larson. We are both consenting adults. Furthermore, I would never rush into a rebound marriage, particularly when I have a young son to raise.

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    omg, i m gonna what?


  • At 9:47 PM, Anonymous perdita anderson said…

    Grow up to be a beautiful woman, like your mother, of course.

    Have a pleasant evening,
    Perdita Anderson


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