Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ups and downs

Yesterday my "do the hard thing" was to make the decision to get right up and drive to the drivers license office and stand in line, no matter how long it took, to process Jessyca's paperwork so that we could go home, go online, and schedule her actual driving test. Well when we reached the front of the line, the lady said, "We have 3 spots open. If you take a number and there's still a spot open when they call your number, you can test today!" 

Basically 3 or 4 hours later she started her test, bumped that curb where that first pillar is, and it was an automatic fail. But by God, we went back inside and scheduled her test for next Monday, which is what we went there to do in the first place.

Today we went back after they closed, and we drove through there like 20 times, and practiced parallel parking until she got it done. Neither of us had wanted to leave the house this evening but we DID THE HARD THING. I think she'll be ready Monday morning.

I'm actually having a sort of crappy day. I found out this morning that my grandfather---who is currently in remission from lymphoma---is having other serious health issues. He has some sort of spinal compression that's causing paralysis and anesthesia of his extremities. He can barely walk, can't hold anything. He just turned 87.

Then I went to the grocery store to help out the Rileys. Mrs. Riley was in pretty bad shape today. I finally convinced her to have someone come in and help her, but only wants someone to help her get in and out of the bathtub, and maybe wash her back.

Aging really costs some people their dignity. And that makes me sad for them, even though I know that on the other side of this life they will never again face indignity. But today, I'm pretty bummed about it.

1 comment:

  1. Bumping the curb? Big deal! I do it all the time, and I've been driving for 28 years now! That's what realignment service is for.

    Jessyca, I learned to drive in a Ford LTD, which pretty much equates to a land-going aircraft carrier. It was a big, BIG car. My mom and I were going to the mall, I was driving. As I pulled into a parking space, my mom let out a shriek and jumped out of the car, shouting, "I can't take it anymore! I just can't take it anymore! You almost hit that Cadillac!" In point of fact, I did not hit the Cadillac, and I think I get points for being able to park a barge like that Ford while my mother was screaming in my ear and jumping out of the car.

    My point is, GREAT WORK on getting back on the horse and passing your driver's test! You've got nerves of steel! I salute you!

    Tam, you're a good mom, a good wife, a good friend and a good community member. Just sayin'.