We’re Those People

I’ve struggled today with how or if to write this post. As much as I would like to bulldoze forward, I think I will have to acknowledge my immediate past.

A terrifying January was punctuated by the suicide of my beloved stepdad.

There’s a huge story there, full of fearful decisions, crushing expenses and some very public disaster. Even in my current frame of mind, I know I’m overdrawn on my adjective account. But a stark noun just isn’t getting the job done today. I may tell that story here later. Probably I will. But tonight we’ve just gotten back into town, we have Chinese food in front of us and American Idol on the TV. I am whipped.

Alden is passed out on the couch next to me. He has stood up amazingly through six flights and 20+ hours in the car over the past 10 days. He’s been a bright spark of hope.

Right now we’re just dropping pebbles into a well, trying to fill that void.

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175 responses to this post.

  1. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  2. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  3. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  4. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  5. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  6. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  7. I’m so sorry. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that Alden was such a troop and at least made that part of this ordeal more bearable.

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  8. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  9. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  10. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  11. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  12. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  13. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  14. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  15. I’m so sorry.

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  16. I’m so sorry.

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  17. I’m so sorry.

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  18. I’m so sorry.

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  19. I’m so sorry.

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  20. I’m so sorry.

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  21. I’m so sorry.

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  22. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  23. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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    • I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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  24. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  25. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  26. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  27. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  28. I’m just so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you a lot.

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  29. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  30. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  31. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  32. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  33. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  34. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  35. So sorry, but thankful you do have that spark of hope in your lives.

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  36. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  37. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  38. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  39. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  40. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  41. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  42. Oh, dear … I’m so very, very sorry. 😦

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  43. Thank you for that. I know you understand just how buoyant a fat and happy baby boy can be.

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  44. Thank you.

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  45. Thank you.

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  46. I appreciate that. I have to tell you, too, that Alden wore his little blue sweater all over Cincinnati. I got so many compliments on it and it was always a nice reminder a happy outside world to be able to say, “A friend made that for him!” It’s kind of like a bolero jacket at this point. Later he’s going to wear it like a shrug and eventually I’ll make him put it on his head as a hat. And then we’ll save it to start all over with Camille.

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  47. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  48. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  49. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  50. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  51. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  52. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  53. Ah, I’m so very sorry.

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  54. Thank you. I am basking in that baby for sure.

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  55. Thanks so much.

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  56. Thank you.

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  57. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  58. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  59. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  60. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  61. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  62. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  63. ::hugs::
    You’re in my thoughts.

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  64. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  65. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  66. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  67. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  68. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  69. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  70. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  71. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  72. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  73. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  74. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  75. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  76. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  77. Ooo, ouch. I’m so sorry.

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  78. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  79. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  80. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  81. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  82. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  83. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  84. I have no words – except that I love you, Damon and Alden an awful lot.

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  85. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  86. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  87. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  88. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  89. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  90. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  91. Wow – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  92. Thank you.

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  93. Thank you.

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  94. Thanks, I appreciate it.

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  95. We’ll take that. It’s about the best thing we can hear, as a matter of fact.

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  96. Thank you. It’s much appreciated.

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