Home is where the Dad is…

Hold on to me as we go / As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along / Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear/ Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear / The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found / Just know you’re not alone

Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Phillip Phillips – Home

I want it all I want it all I want it all and I want it now

Queen – I want it all

Those songs played back-to-back today.  The first represents my song to my Dad, the second is his to me.  Today “Empty Nest Syndrome” set it a little.  So used to my days revolving around errands and taking care of Dad.  His absence made my heart a little sad.  As much as we bickered and carried on, he is a huge part of my heart.

This weekend we organized, cleaned, put away, took out, set up and prepared him for his next chapter.  I am thankful for my Uncle Tommy.  He put in a ton of work tearing out a shrub and has eased my worries about Dad being looked after.  I am also very thankful for my friend Ben who will be living downstairs for a bit and looking out for Dad (AND he is a certified caregiver in the state of WV).

And we had a first, my Dad now owns an iPhone.  He used FaceTime to talk to Mander.  It made me giggle.  When I called him today he could not answer the phone properly so there is some more practice required.  But the technology is at least available for him to have a little fun.

One hiccup – the VA would require a mental health evaluation for him to receive Ritalin (even though the diagnosis associated with his need for this medicine is narcolepsy, NOT ADHD).  So, we have opted for him to visit a private physician for that need.

There are so many things we have to work through or around but our first steps have been placed and we are moving forward.  I am still a nervous wreck but not as bad as I was on Wednesday.

Tomorrow I start my new job.  So MY new chapter starts.  So many new things, new beginnings for all of us.


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