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Megan McIntyre
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Last Logged In: December 13th, 2012
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Black Coffee and Cherry Pie by Megan McIntyre

November 25th, 2012 10:04 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: In Twin Peaks, Agent Cooper says that "Every day, you should give yourself one present."

For one week, every day, give yourself a present.

These do not need to be big things. Maybe five minutes of extra sleep, a new pair of boots, a burrito.

Document how this changes your life.

My parents live 9 hours away, so I don't get to spend a lot of time with my mom. Recently, my dad was diagnosed with a neurological condition that required a specialist he couldn't find in the small rural town in which they live, so my dad has been in the hospital down here for 2 1/2 weeks. I know it's unbelievably hard on my dad, but it's also really difficult for my mom (who has spent at least 8 hours/day in the hospital with him) and me. So I've decided to give both my mom and myself a present every day of the last week.

Day 1: Mom -- Spider Solitaire; me -- an hour by myself
Day 2: Mom -- butterscotch pudding from the cafeteria; me -- chocolate pudding from the cafeteria
Day 3: Mom -- a car ride down mainstreet without any pressing concerns; me -- see previous
Day 4: Mom -- my Thanksgiving stuffing; me -- Mom's mashed potatoes
Day 5: Mom -- a trip to Dollar Tree for cheap Christmas ornaments; me -- a live Christmas tree
Day 6: Mom -- no football on TV for most of the day; me -- watching the whole Notre Dame game without trying to multitask
Day 7: Mom -- an mid-afternoon nap; me -- staying up late and watching old episodes of Friends

Truthfully, making things a little easier on my mom was the best part of this. Learning to let go a little is a great lesson for me, but getting a chance to give back a little to my mom was more important.

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Mom and I driving down Main Street



Mom playing Spider Solitaire

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posted by Kattapa on November 26th, 2012 2:49 AM

Hope your father recovers soon. Is there a cure or good way to cope with for what he has? Also, big thumbs up for tasking under these circumstances and helping out your mother.

SFØ can be healing.
posted by Bex. on December 2nd, 2012 3:25 PM

I like that you involved your mother and the way your presents converge and separate back and forth with your mother's through the week. Seems like a good time for this task.