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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Five Stages of Receiving Bad News

I awoke this morning to a rather shocking epiphany, prompted by the knowledge that Former Recruittm gets his discharge today, and will be making his way back to the family nest. I was struck, suddenly, with the realisation that I had, like a monkey, speared myself with every one of the Five Stages of Grief over his premature departure - in order, too. Surprised me so because I never did that while, you know, actually grieving - whether firstborn, firstwife, father, anyone. I'd always kind of jumped immediately into "5. Acceptance", the final stage, with occasional mild flourishes of "2. Anger"

It leads me to wonder just how much I had subconsciously vested in his doing something, finally, that would turn him around, bring him to life? We'll see. Only sure thing now is that things will not be allowed to revert to their former state. He's welcome back, but on our terms this time. Emancipation, after all, is a two-way street.


Blogger DarkoV said...

Some wise fellow wrote this not too long ago, "You're never really done growing up, are you? There's always something else to age you more."

It just seems that the locale of aging, or at least your locale, has changed from somewhere far away to somewhere immediately closer. Perhaps "closer" was always meant to be.

Good luck..and Good Humour to you.

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Blogger F.C. Bearded said...

Ha ha. The thing I've found about "wisdom" is that one can only be wise in retrospect. When it comes to the present, I appear forever condemned to live it in the manner of a schoolgirl in popsocks, squealing in delight, or horror, at a spider.

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