Coffee in Florida Tastes the Same

If we were having coffee I’d (again) apologize for the gaping hole between our visits. Life has been…busy. It has been hectic in both good and bad ways.

If we were having coffee I’d first talk about how relieved, and absolutely terrified, I am that the twins are now high school graduates. It was a close call for Baby B, who struggled through his senior year with mental illness and trying to deal with feelings he wasn’t quite sure what to do with. In the end, though, he took care of his business and graduated.

The boys are both planning the next steps in their lives and the most uncomfortable part of this whole process for me is no longer being in control. They are both intelligent young men, but inexperienced. They will need to learn from their own mistakes and no amount of “I’ve been in your shoes” from me will teach them life-lessons like the consequences of mistakes made. I’ve stepped back, told them both to please, please, PLEASE let me know if they need help, and figuratively chewed every nail from my finger tips.

They both also have their licenses now, and there have been some close calls.

If we were having coffee I’d definitely have to update you on my mother’s health, which spiralled out of control for several months, culminating with a late-nate ER visit in which she had to slowly be brought back from a diabetic coma. I spent the entire night by her side wondering if the end was neigh. I watched as a team of nurses slowly, but diligently worked to stabilize her blood sugar and raise her body temperature from 93 back to its normal range. I spent an insane amount of time on the phone the next week talking with social workers to find a rehab facility for her to recover in while the hospital re-evaluated her medications. I found her a new PCP and she has been staying with me while she gets back into he habit of caring for herself and waits for for an apartment to become available at the senior living center just down the road from me. She is doing MUCH better now. Her latest labs were fantastic. She still has some physical recovery to do, and in the past two weeks began physical therapy.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how I can’t believe my little C is another year older and ready to move on to 2nd grade. His 1st grade teacher was amazing and I could never thank her enough for her patience and strength in guiding C over the 180 school days in which she was his teacher. He has come a looooooooooong way behaviorally in the year-and-a-half since I enrolled him in this school and I couldn’t be happier with that decision.

If we were having coffee I’d definitely tell you about the amazing woman who has stood by me during all the hardships I’ve endured the last few months without offering anything but support and love. She has been amazing and fits me like a puzzle piece I didn’t realize I was missing. And she’d want me to tell you she’s awesome, because she’s somewhat delusional. It’s kinda why we get along so well.

If we were having coffee I’d obviously have to mention that I’m writing this on my phone in Palm Beach, Florida. This is the first real vacation I’ve taken in over 10 years, and, even though I didn’t feel like I should “abandon” my mother or my job, it has been sorely needed. Between being a father, a son, a boyfriend, and an IT support specialist working way more than 40 hours a week, I haven’t taken much time for myself and the respite has been nice.

If we were having coffee you’d probably have noticed on your own, and when asked I would reply, “I’ve lost 60 pounds.” I weigh less now than I did when I graduated high school. While I still have some ways to go, I’m extremely happy with the progress I’ve made, even though I’ve had to purchase two new wardrobes in the past 6 months.

It’s your turn!

How has everyone been? How’s your coffee? Is anyone still here? Is this thing still on? Tell me all the things.

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23 Comments on Coffee in Florida Tastes the Same

  1. It’s been a while. I’m having coffee while reading your post and thoroughly enjoying the positive update. : )


  2. This is WONDERFUL. The whole thing. Absolutely, utterly GLORIOUS, and I’m so very happy for you. May things LONG continue to go so well 😘😘😘

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  3. Hurrah for the good things! Long may they last.


  4. Welcome to the neighborhood! 😉
    Glad to hear your mom is doing better and the kids are good. 🙂
    Enjoy your vacay!


  5. I’m glad you took a vacation. Well deserved, indeed. Congrats on the double graduation! That’s amazing.
    Nothing much doing here. The kingdom is still week entrenched in the shenanigans of a toddler and an almost kindergartner. They are like lava…. mesmerizingly beautiful and devastatingly destructive.


  6. Vacations are good. They help cleanse the soul. I’m glad you got one. And losing the weight! Awesome! Keep at it buddy.


  7. Thank you for the coffee – and for filling us in on all of the things.
    I’ll need to come back and read again the way you’re standing back and letting your new grads take the reins on their own lives – I have a new grad, too.
    It’s been awhile, but you seem happy, calm, and centered – you got it going on, TD. Pour me another cup?


  8. Wow! I am glad for the good things, sorry for the scare your mom had. Glad all is well. I wish the twins all the best; I recall being there after high school, not knowing where to go (hell, i’m Still there) and Baby C – I hope his 2nd grade teacher is even better. Hope you are enjoying your heard earned rest and getting some sun. And I am happy that you have someone who makes you happy!



    • Thanks, Elyse! How are you doing??

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      • Well, 2018 won’t go down as my favorite year. I got laid off from
        My job during a corporate takeover when my wonderful boss retired. And I lost my sense of humor with the political situation (hence, no blogging). But otherwise life is good.


        • Oh no! I hope you were able to get something else lined up. And, yeah, part of what has driven me away is the political landscape we find ourselves in. It’s unfathomable to me how that moron has so many people who support him.

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