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      Tuesday, January 08, 2008


tales from the parkside
05:21 PM - 01/08/2008

The topic: I found out this afternoon

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That major signs post to my mother being an alcoholic.

I drove over to pay the woman who stayed those two nights with her, then drove up to mom’s to check the mail.  The manager followed me up and we had a long talk, probably over an hour.  I found out some interesting things about my mother, but this knowledge went quite a way in explaining why she’s been acting the way she’s been acting.

I did call the care center and let them know what I’d found out. 

As for me, this changes a lot.  Now, I’m not feeling so sorry for her being in that place.  I don’t feel guilty at all right now.  I did, you know, thinking my poor mom in that place alone without her cats.  That’s gone.  Kaput. She’s where she needs to be.

I don’t think she’s admitted to anyone yet, that she drank as much as she did.  But right now, I feel more strongly that she’ll be able to go home.  And that we’ll do whatever we can to keep her dry. 

In the time between now and then, I think we’ll be able to come up with some pretty compelling reasons for her not to drink.


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