dog days

7 08 2008

Wiki sure got this one right by noting that in ancient Greece and Rome these days were believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies”. Could NOT have said it better myself. Today in a nutshell.

There was nobody, no how, no way gonna tell this man it was too hot to sit outside. I’d move him to the shade and turn my back and suddenly he was in the full sun. Handkerchief over his head, stuck in the corners of his glasses – and he claimed that shade. Period.

Not a Cubs game, not a full lunch NOTHING would glue that man’s backside to the recliner in the room where there is air conditioning and make him nap. Oh, he may come in to go to the bathroom at which time I almost physically force him to drink something.

But the lady had it right, watching out the window as much as I was to see him in full on sun…”I can’t tell him anything and what good does it do me to nag him to death?” He’s gonna go either from heat stroke or being nagged to death. It’s not that he hasn’t been told. It’s not that extensive games haven’t been played to convince him of what I know is safe and right…but today he is not going to be bossed. I would go with the greeks on this one and say he is a man possessed by “phrensies”.

So what’s the difference? If the man was 86, let’s say, and a farmer still working his fields unaware that he had a bad heart…would there be a way to have him sit in the shade all day twiddling his thumbs? Or if he sat indoors all day in an air conditioned casino playing the slots…is that smarter? The long and short of it is that most of Billy’s life has been snatched away from him…he can’t mow that grass, drive that car, stop at that garage sale, go to the grocery store 50 times in a day, he’s stuck. I am going on record saying I let him sit outside all day on a day when I don’t want to be anywhere else but on this couch in front of a fan. Who’s the wiser?



2 responses

7 08 2008
Buddy McNiece

Amen, sis. The Beatles had it right, “Let it be, let it be…” Behind your attempts and allowances 100% !!

7 08 2008

The only success I had one day was to sneak that old Texas longhorn hat on his head while he was napping.

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