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July 30th, 2011
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This is my jubilee. I turned 50 on my birthday in April. And in a way I am returning home. My mother had a stroke a few months ago, and so I am spending most evenings caring for her. Although, not in my childhood home but at the therapy center where she is now. But, after many years of being away from home and on my own, I’m back with Mother much of the time now. And I’m realizing more and more how much of life is really just temporary use.
My father died this past year and my husband died the year before, so I’m very much feeling the loss of situations that had felt very solid to me, but turned out to be temporary in those forms. My mom is still around, but our roles have reversed. I very much miss my dad’s practical advice and his sense of humor. When my husband and I bought our big house with its big yard, I was concerned about the yard work. But he told me not to worry because he would always care for the yard and I would never have to. But that situation turned out to be very temporary, and now, in my jubilee year, I’m spending a lot of time with my weed whacker. We don’t really own anything, but we also don’t really ever lose anything either. And we will go home at last.
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