A caramel corn GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, woke up this morning to the smell of slow roasted caramel corn! Oh man the holidays are coming!!!
Free For All Friday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s FRIDAY!!! OPEN MAT AND PIZZA NIGHT!
Let’s talk today about keeping in touch. Why? Cause it’s the only thing on my mind outside of crypto and open mat.
I received a phone call from my brother in law. Not my sister. My brother in law.
He gave me an update on my dad’s condition. Let’s just say his condition could be better…I think. I say that because I get conflicting reports.
Brother in law says to me “why don’t you fucking people talk?” To which I replied “I don’t think anyone has ever said that.”
I will be the absolute first to confess that me and my family (not my spousal support units) do a shit job of communicating ANY issues. Literally. I found out that my dad was in the hospital from his fall like three days later.
Anyway, brother in law and his family, they talk to each other like it’s nobodies business. Of course, they are Italian. Italians talk. Nothing racist. Just a fact. AND…they live longer. Why? Probably because they talk to each other. The share their feelings good and bad. They share the victories and the defeats. Just watch any movie about Italians. Any movie made by Martin Scorsese. Or, go to Italy. Whichever is easier. OR, make an Italian friend.
Me, I’m more German. Stoic is our bag. Internalize any and all feelings until they consume you or you explode and take over most of the known world by force.
During the conversation with brother in law, I told him why I don’t return his calls or text messages. “Every time you call me it is a SHIT SHOW!” Literally every time I get a call from him it is because the world is on fire OR because they are standing outside my house door.
Afterward, I spoke with my sister. This is the important part about staying in contact. We spoke as if we were strangers.
I did not know really how to ask any questions, and she did not know what to tell me. Almost as if I were a random friend talking to her about her mom and dad.
So, as I have wrote before about “Practice.” This creates a great item for me to practice: communicating and staying in touch. To be considered a stranger with my own family, well, let’s just say that cannot possibly be a good thing. And now, I have something to practice.
I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other (seriously) and remember to thank your arms for always being by your side. Thank you. HAHAHAHAHAHA