The Problem With Anniversaries

Yesterday I had started to cough, and I had completely forgotten why. I knew the day was coming up, but I hadn’t made the connection. Now I know. Thanks in part to Clifford, I will make it through this next anniversary tomorrow. I am so glad to have this reminder of how to do that.

Diary of a Misplaced Yooper: Cliffy's Mom's Blog

Both my parents had the nerve to die on the day before a holiday.

Mom died on December 31, 2010.

Dad died on March 30, 2013.

That year, March 30 fell on a Saturday, the day before Easter.

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So Dad pretty much messed up Easter, no matter where it lands, AND the 30th of March.

Yippee.

Not only that, but the way he went was pretty horrific.

After I struggled for an entire summer trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with him, getting him to various doctors and specialists, and neck surgery and a new pacemaker and then an oxygen tank and visits with cardiologists and pulmonologists and VA doctors and, and, and… Every week, usually two or three times a week, we were visiting a doctor. And, well gee, they just couldn’t figure out why his back hurt.

Eventually I had him admitted in Petoskey. He…

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About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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