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Today has, indeed continued to be a great day/  If i could beam. i would be beaming.  Dianne successfully made the transfer from wheelchair to car seat this morning, the last big hurdle to her coming home.  Tonight we will go our by ourselves to celebrate.  This will be the first time she has left the nursing home for other than medical reasons in over 10 weeks.  Coming home, which she dearly craves, is days away, maybe only two.  Happy Birthday to me, indeed.

I guess eighty is the new sixty so far as middle and upper class people are concerned, though there are still places in the United States and in the World where life expectancy is in the sixties.  But please don't let all this talk about an obesity epidemic fool you into thinking the many people who die don't die of hunger.  Even fat people can die of hunger.   Still eighty years is a long time, and in spite of the fact that longevity runs in my biological family (and my adoptive mother died at 98), i never expected to live this long.  There were days in the last year when i did not think i would make it to eighty.  Today i know i will make it to ninety easily!!

I've spent a lot of time the last two months around people who were my seniors.  Life Care Center is connected to a retirement community so i have seen some very robust 90+ year olds and some very feeble 70- year olds.
Its both inspiring and cautionary.  All my life, i have been clumsy, strange, spacy and prone to talk to myself.  I have finally entered the age when such behavior is considered "normal."


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Aug. 17th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Vaj says ................... YOU ARE IN EXTREME DANGER!!!
Maybe you think what you are doing is Buddhism, i don't know. I was raised by fundamentalists so i do not like them, either Christian, Muslim, or Jewish. I didn't know there were Buddhist fundamenalists, but i guess i was wrong. As you say, lying to myself.
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Aug. 18th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: "I suspect that this will be the last time that I ...can contact you...."
I will thank you very much for that favor.

Edited at 2013-08-18 02:48 am (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Vaj says ................... YOU ARE IN EXTREME DANGER!!!
O.K., I'll bite; because i am a little bit stupid, as you suggest. Am i consciously lying or am i, just like everybody else -- including yourself -- saying things that are untrue, believing that they are true. If i am consciously lying, prove, it. Don't quote me scripture, because one society's scripture is another society's myths and legends. If its not in the Tao Te Ching, don't bother me with it. I'm afraid i have only read tiny snippets from the Koran, and that only in English translation. But i probably know the Judeo-Christian Bible better than you do unless you are a Biblical Scholar, which i doubt. Please do me the favor (and i strongly suspect others as well would be pleased) and drop your arrogance in the spirit of sharing what you really do know and learning something from others.
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Aug. 18th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
I am so very glad!

And I wish you many happy returns, beloved. :) I doubt you could have had a happier day, under the circumstances.
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Yes, thank you.
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
Such good news on Dianne. Know how elated you both must be.
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
I am elated. I think she will be when she gets home.
Aug. 18th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
Is she Mostly Just Working Hard, at the moment?

(And here I am contacting you-- at least if you read this! So much for thrilling, apocalyptic Lasts.)
Aug. 18th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you.

Please try again in a week or so!

Edited at 2013-08-18 02:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Gladly. :)
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