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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Back to Normal, Sort Of

I'm happy to report that M.P. has been out of the hospital for a month now and is making a good recovery, though still having a lot of pain and moving slowly. The first two weeks I was kept pretty busy tending to him hand and foot, but he has steadily improved, and is able on some days to cook now - his great joy in life - and to drive, very cautiously, to the grocery store. The doctors are quite pleased with his progress, all indications good, though it's not yet certain when he will be able to go back to work. Some days are better than others, but on the whole, he is doing very well, so I am very thankful for that.

Thanks much to all my truckbuddies who have sent kind messages. I will resume posting as usual here, though these days I'm afraid I find very little worth posting about in this nightmare world we are living in.

I'm sure everyone else is as sick as I am of the horrifying headlines that flood the intertubes daily, so I feel no need to repeat all that. I may be wrong, but it seems clear to me that all of Western civilization is sinking into a deep, dark pit from which it may never rise again - an unspeakable calamity - but at sixty-plus, I no longer have the physical or psychic energy to man the barricades. Some wise person once wrote that people get the government they deserve - and if the mass of the population has no good sense anymore, on both sides of the political spectrum, what can I do about it? It takes all my energy to manage my own little affairs, on a very limited income.

So I mostly spend my days tidying up the kitchen, fetching whatever M.P. needs, and doodling around on the computer, reading this or that, and looking up bits of trivial information on topics too arcane to bear writing about. Mentally, just sitting on the porch and watching the mad world go rushing by - a dog who has had his day.

Or to put it another way, a leaf drifting along on the great river of Time, like all the other obscure folks in their millions who came before us amid the rise and fall of great civilizations - unable to change the course of history, swept along in the rushing tide, sinking at last into oblivion. I would have minded that a lot when I was younger - now it just seems the inescapable lot of humankind, and thus not anything to be astonished at. I try to do what good I can for the people close to me, and beyond that my powers do not reach.

Ah well - c'est la vie. Who can tell where the river winds? We live until we die, and after that we rest from our labors - this much is certain. All else is in the hands of Providence.


Frank said...

Good to have you back. Happy to hear M.P. is recovering, and much to your credit he has a good friend to be his buddy and support and care giver.

I share your fatigue regarding the state of affairs (no pun intended but certainly affairs have been making the news) of the world in general. I have marched on Washington and state capitol, I have marched in Gay Pride Parades, worked in the AIDS/HIV field for years, mentored a LGBT youth group, written a coming out memoir, written grants for the homeless...all without much financial or prestigious "success"...so, yeah, I'm a bit over it, so to speak. I am, however, forever grateful for a loving partner and husband of nearly 30 years - a blessing that is worth more than all of the wealth of the 1% put together.

I am encouraged by the recent activism on the part of young students who finally seem to have awakened from their collective ennui to realize that yes, their lives are at stake as are the lives and liberties of us all. I do hope they don't give up easily.

I don't post often on my blog for much the same reasons - so many others say it, and those few that read my blog don't need to hear it from me.

Don't sell yourself or us readers short however. I for one look forward to seeing your posts and even though I may not be one for classical music or "topics too arcane" just knowing you are there and in contact is reassuring.

If we ever get to traveling in your neck of the woods I would love to stop by, shake your hand, chat a while and give you a great big hug. - Frank

JMac said...

I have been following your blog for a number of years always loved the one's on your Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners when I was younger loved doing that type of stuff with my partner but now I am single & turning 62yo this year do not have the urge to do it which is sad as I love cooking.
Anyway nice to hear M.P is doing well all the best for the future from a fan from Australia or Down Under as we say here

Tim said...

What marvellous news about M.P.s progress. Do wish him all the best from me. And how lovely to have you back on the blogosphere. Just get those studly young men lined-up for the weekend and you can be as arcane or classical as you like for the rest of the week. Ha, ha!

Davis said...

So grateful to hear good news for a change. This post has made my day. Bless you both.

Russ Manley said...

Thanks so much, friends. We have no gay friends to speak of here, so that makes it all the nicer to hear from my truckbuddies. Appreciate ya.

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