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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 9:03pm

Melinda, that last cat pic you posted......oh, boy.  I can just tell they'll be out of control.....running all over the place, up and down and across wood planks.  Better than television.  lol

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:15pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 7:14pm

I had some "issues" with my dad when I was in my teens, but when he sobered up I quit skating and went to work in his bookkeeping and escrow office.  I learned a LOT, and got to know him better, but always felt that I'd let him down because I never went to college, never got married, etc. 

But the week after he died, I had to call ALL his clients to tell them that I wasn't qualified do their taxes and stuff (I was working in advertising by then).  Anyway, every single one of them told me "He was so proud of you."  I fell apart....and I have always wondered why he never told me that.

Oh, and we had a row with Dad's sister and her husband (son of a preacher-man) because Dad had been adamant about no services... he just wanted his ashes scattered in the ocean without any fuss, so that's what we did.  (I've already made arrangements for the same thing for myself. Phish Phood.)

Families....there's always someone who has to complicate things. Or feel offended, or whatever.

Comment by booklover on December 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

Awesome answer to that idiot that said that to you after your Dad died Felaine.  My 'DNA donor' died about a year ago I think.  I hadn't seen him since I was 5.  He never paid child-support, etc.  I was very close with his parents.  He was just a loser with a capital L.  I felt NOTHING when he died.  When my Mom goes, I will be a wreck.  Sad that when my 'father' died, no one mourned him but his 3rd wife, and that was it.  He had 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren that he never met.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

Just got this as part of an e-mail from FFRF...I think it's clever

FoundingFathersWinterSolstice

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:34pm

Dear Grinning Cat, when my father died (in 1985, right before my 46th birthday), some twit did say "He's in a better place now," and I screamed back, "WELL, I'M NOT!!!"  Idiots.

This is not a comforting thing to say, but I have to tell the truth...I still miss him.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 17, 2012 at 4:14pm

Thanks for all of your support and good thoughts! (And refreshingly, without having to deal with well-meaning theistic talk about a better place, etc.)

Felaine, the hugging cat is perfect!

Comment by booklover on December 17, 2012 at 4:06pm

Ha ha Tony, LOVE the wrapped-up cat!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 3:20pm

"I bought this at Macy's Cyber Monday Re-tail Sale!"

(I don't know if this is a PhotoShop-type job or not, and I don't really care...'tis beautiful!)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 2:54pm

Flying "A"...OH! YESS!  I always wanted to skate to that, but I was never good enough. (couldn't jump.)

 

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