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Heel Turn

My Stepdad has a huge heart.

He has been there for me and my sister by choice for years before marrying my mom.

He was there through my surprise pregnancy, abusive marriage and subsequent divorce. He was there while I learned how to parent a premature baby, and walked me down the aisle at my second wedding. To be completely honest, I wish he'd been the one to give me away at my first wedding.

I have seen him work tirelessly to care for his dying mother, all while still supporting my mother through a difficult career change. He constantly validates and supports his children's passions, and revels in his grandchildren. He loves his family deeply.

But last week his heart betrayed him.

Dave is the last man I would ever expect of having a heart attack. He is extremely health concious and exercizes daily. But Wednesday of this last week, he was in surgery, having a quadrupile bypass.

He is slated to recover, and is in good spirits. But the thought of losing him has scared all of us.

I've been focused on so much, work, school, parenting, and writing. But now he needs me.

I've been taking care of the house and animals while he's been in the hospital so my mom doesn't have to leave his side. I've been gathering estimates from repairmen since their back fence fell down in this past weeks storm.

The man who has given so much for us needs us more than ever now.

This will be my last post for this competition. I wish you all the best, and ask that Gary accept my sacrfice.

Love to you all.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I am so sorry. Sending healing vibes to your stepdad and calming/strengthening vibes to you and yours. *hugs*
Jan. 23rd, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie. I really appreciate it. <3
Jan. 23rd, 2017 04:24 am (UTC)
Absolute best to you and yours... health and hope and good wishes!
Jan. 23rd, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry that you are leaving, especially under such circumstances. I hope your stepfather recovers, and I'm sure he will love all that you have done for him and your mother.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

It was a really hard decision to make, but there is only one me and so many hours in the day.
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry! I hope he recovers quickly.

Jan. 24th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
Very best wishes for healing to your step dad.
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
Good wishes to your stepdad and to your family. <3
Jan. 25th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh! Am sending some positive healing hugs and vibes! Pass them on to your stepdad! (Gary can kick me for being a hippie later, and I hope that made you smile) You are wonderful and I hope Dave recovers quickly. Hugs and peace~~~
Jan. 27th, 2017 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh! I am sorry to hear about this. Hope he recovers soon and we get to see you around second chance. Take care. *hugs* and best wishes. <3
Jan. 27th, 2017 03:42 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. Sending healing thoughts and vibes your way.

Jan. 27th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. I've enjoyed your writing during this round, but family comes first and this is a good thing you're doing.

Best wishes for his recovery and better health going forward, and thank goodness he's getting a second chance.
Jan. 27th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear of all your troubles, but thrilled that he's expected to make a full recovery.

Godspeed as you take care of him now!
Jan. 27th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. I hope your stepdad makes a full recovery. ((hugs))
Jan. 28th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2017 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your troubles. Best wishes!
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Light in the Darkness
My heart was broken open over and over and over again... and it just kept getting bigger.

It's time to either grow up, or disintegrate.

'What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that it hides a well somewhere.'

To write love on her arms

You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.

The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

To whatever end.

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