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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Family update

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year, Jen was preparing to graduate from college, we were in the midst of making plans to celebrate the occasion when my father suddenly fell ill and wound up in the hospital.  Becca was finishing up her sophomore year and making big plans for her junior year, hoping an internship might come her way, looking for her first off campus housing.

Well, the good news first.

Jen has been working as a teaching assistant at a synagogue nursery school for the entire school year, as well as coaching JV cheer leading at her old high school, and in January  she started her Master's in education.  She's got a summer job lined up, at the same day camp where's she has worked almost every summer since she was 17; she'll be taking a group in the travel program.  She applied for a job as a paraprofessional in one of the elementary schools in our district; the fact that she's a district resident, an alum of the high school and has already cleared a background check because she's coaching in the district are all factors in her favor.

Becca is finishing up her junior year.  She had two prestigious internships this year.  One of those internships invited her back for the summer -- she'll work two days a week at the internship and she'll also go back to her job at the mall and pick up some work as sales help.  She's already talking about her graduation next year.

Now, about my father....the change since last May has been disheartening.   I won't bore you with a list of the ailments and issues he's dealing with.  But the steady deterioration, the rapid decline from a vibrant older man to someone who is weak, debilitated, dependent ...Sigh...I know where this is going and am not happy ...

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