I was part of a movement of "dinosaur moms" when I lived in Maryland (Astrodon Johnstoni is the Maryland state dinosaur.) Which is nothing more than this -- dinosaur moms delight in the half-feral nature of the beasties they parent, even as they whisper Shakespeare and Kierkegaard in their ears at night.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Now, as medical indignities go, this was not a big deal. But it was a useful trial run, as I learned a few things.
1) My beloved will fink out of these things if you let him.
2) I let him.
So there it is. These things are on me. OK, noted.
Now, Beloved and I are not scorekeepers. We really aren’t. And neither of us is too precious to do the dirty jobs of this world. It’s not that.
But the earth just shifted a little in terms of my responsibility
Or, to put it another way, my credibility,
Or, to put it another way, my AUTHORITY (yeek) vis-a-vis my beloved in belle-mere matters. All fun and games now, but in the future…
Which is why I am very glad that I learned one last thing.
3) Belle-mere is a perfect patient.
She’s very frank and matter-of-fact. She doesn’t catastrophize, but she reads up. She’s not afraid to ask for what she needs. She faces these things with good humor.