#ROW80: An okay week

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This was an okay week. Not great, not lousy, just okay.

  • Read three books, preferably fiction: I finished 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything (nonfiction) and started Harlan Wolff’s Bangkok Rules, one I got as a freebie because it looked interesting. Haven’t gotten very far in it, since I just started yesterday.
  • Write entries for April’s A to Z Challenge: I found the original list; it was hiding in Evernote. Writing starts today, using the words off of one list or the other, or maybe come up with a new word entirely.
Dad and me, Summer 1966.
Dad and me, Summer 1966.

This picture of my father and me was taken the August before he died, at my cousin’s christening (I was the godfather). No doubt he was sick by this time, but, knowing Dad, he probably just figured it was the digestive issues he always seemed to have, and had no idea it was lymphosarcoma of the stomach. He died 48 years ago today, three weeks shy of his 35th birthday. Just wanted to mention that.

On to happier topics…

Signups for this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge start tomorrow! You’ll see an announcement here.

Straight ahead!

9 thoughts on “#ROW80: An okay week

  1. Sending you warm thoughts for the anniversary. I didn’t realize sign ups have started, so I’ll bop over there. I still want to get my list finished this month, so that I can start drafting next…

    Maybe you’re having a better week so far! =D

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      1. I’ve been feeling a bit distracted the last couple of days, too…the threat of a big storm we really didn’t get here threw off our rhythm, and it’s my Accomplice’s weekend. I ended up doing a little on a lot.

        Now, I’m more focused on finishing the revision for the submission story, and my daily blog post. I’m sure there’ll be other stuff, as the evening draws on, but, for now, that’s pretty much it.

        We’ll get there. A day off here and there isn’t a bad thing.

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  2. I love the picture with your dad. The matching coats are priceless as are the memories this picture evokes for you. This April my dad will have been gone 22 years. If he were still alive he would be turning 100 next month. We keep them alive in our memories forever and for always.

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    1. Thanks! You know, I really can’t remember those sport coats, but when I see this picture I can remember him so well, even if it’s been almost 50 years since the last time I saw him. You never forget your parents. There’s a connection I don’t think we’ll ever understand in this life, and maybe just barely in the next.

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  3. Love the photo, especially the cars in the background! And wow, definite resemblance there with you and your dad. No matter how long someone close to us has been gone, we’ll always miss them. Good luck with your reading and A-Z blogs!

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    1. The blue car over my right shoulder was ours; it was a 1959 Chevy Biscayne with a cracked tail light and a hole in the floor of the back seat. My grandmother had a picture of him when he was in 4th grade (I was starting 5th grade that fall) and you can really see the resemblance between us there. I didn’t get his nose, for which he was eternally grateful; he would quote Cyrano de Bergerac (“Small my nose? Why, magnificent my nose!”).

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  4. Looks like a decent week John. I hope the balance of the round goes well for you.

    35 was definitely too young. It sounds like you have wonderful memories though and that’s a great picture of the two of you.

    A to Z already… oh my.

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    1. It was an okay week. I’ll take it.

      A few years after Dad died, I heard they developed a treatment for the cancer that killed him. A lot of people gave money to the American Cancer Society in his name, and there might be a few people out there who are still alive because of it.

      Interesting thing about the picture: my uncle scanned it from a slide, and turned the slide backwards, so it’s actually inside out.

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