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May 15, 2008


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I enjoyed "Water for Elephants" too. It is the book we're reading for my book club this month.

Dad aka GDad Blake

The next in the series will be "Water in the Elephant", then " Water from the Elephant" then a flood of books so to speak.

Love to all....Dad

Auntie Pammie

I am pretty spectacular ,, I love it :-).
I was a neurosurgery nurse, but now I am doing my plastics rotation.. sigh
Love to you all ..
Auntie Pammie xoxo


I can speak from experience. When your parents need you, you find a way to be there.

My poor mother was ill for the last 2 years of her life and I flew home every month for those 2 years. Sometimes I would stay a week sometimes longer. I was exhausted but I would do it again. The last 2 months of her life I was there everyday.

Then 4 months after mom passed away, dad had to have surgery, again I dropped everything and was there for him for 2 1/2 months.

Finally I was able to explain to him that I needed to come home to be with my family and we would love for him to come with us. AND HE DID.

Dad lives with us now and it is going well. He gets homesick but we work through it.

I try not to treat my dad like I know what is best for him. I give him chores to do around house. He likes to feel useful and to contribute.

Sorry I hi-jacked your blog.


I agree with you on "Water for Elephants." Parts of it were very good, but I thought some of the characters weren't developed well enough, and some of the action happened far too fast. And I HATED the ending!

Lucy Moran

Hi Tess,

Water for Elephants was my bookclub book last month too!

I know what you mean about being away from family. Last week we had to drop everything and fly to Cairns to Stu's grandmother funeral. We didn't go so much for her, but for Stu's grandfather (91 yrs) and Stu's dad. I think you know intuitively when you need to be there physically versus just emotionally supportive over the phone.

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