Words of occasional wisdom from Bruce Oakley

Archive for December, 2008

Daddy’s girl

Posted by boakley59 on December 23, 2008

Mr. Taylor,

You left us too soon, 11 years ago today. We think of you often, always with love and admiration.

I promised myself to report to you every year on this solemn anniversary to let you know that your little girl is still safe and secure, happy and loved. The last few years I haven’t been writing down my reports as I should, and last year I was recovering from surgery, so you know my thoughts were more fleeting than is appropriate for so important a subject. I hope you don’t take my making my report public this year as even more inappropriate.
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Old man

Posted by boakley59 on December 7, 2008

We buried my father two years ago today. As I’ve written before, he was really gone long before then, and I have little fondness for the memories of those last years as my mother struggled to care for him and the rest of us struggled to make each word or visit, which could have been our last together, a kind and loving one.
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Looking back over the years

Posted by boakley59 on December 7, 2008

I’ve been going through old files lately as we’re trying to box up our stuff so that we can sell the house and move on to a more affordable life. It’s a humbling exercise, as my illness has left us with less than half the yearly income we had when we bought the house in 1999. Adjusting the raw numbers for inflation makes the picture even worse.
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