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Moving Dad

Curriculum of the Day:  Perseverance

We’re moving my dad to assisted living tomorrow morning.

My mother died in May of last year. My dad, who needs care from having a stroke 20 years ago, has been living alone in the house on Long Island with a healthcare aid coming in. (See March 7th entry for more about my dad.) It’s just no longer feasible to continue this way both economically and health-wise for my dad. So, we’re selling the house I grew up in and where he’s been living since 1968. He’s moving to an apartment in an assisted living facility 15 minutes from our home in Connecticut. A tough decision, but necessary.

And unbelievably hard! There is 45 years of stuff here that has to be gone through, packed, thrown out or left to be sold at an estate sale I’ve hired someone ELSE to handle. We’ve been slowly cleaning out for a few months, but it’s still a massive undertaking. Marty and I have been here since Wednesday. Salvation Army came yesterday and took 38 huge, leaf bags full of clothes. We’ve got about 35 boxes and all the furniture marked to either go to Dad’s new place or our house. Everything else is staying for the auction. My brother Jamey arrived last night so he’s able to help now as well. I think we’re ready.  

Lyra fell off the bed when we were busy in the other room packing. They were napping on what I thought was a safe surface and out of the way. They were surrounded by pillows, but I removed one to use as packing material not thinking for one moment. Of course, she learned to roll that far today of all days. After a bit of crying, she seems fine. I beat myself up for a few hours, of course. They are teaching me lessons every day on being a better parent.

Now, we must get a good night’s sleep for a huge day tomorrow. Please babies, sleep!

Babies sleeping on my old, childhood bed.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Word of the Day: Deadline

I made my deadline.    

The Itsy Bitsy Spider show is in. Telly, Elmo and Rosita are waiting for the Itsy Bitsy Spider so they can say the rhyme while she climbs the waterspout but she doesn’t show up. Worried that she might be lost, they go and look for her in the usual spider places—the ground, on plants. (What’s our curriculum?  Nature!) Instead, they come upon a dung beetle, a caterpillar, and a bumblebee before they are pointed in the direction of a web. There, Ms. Itsy Bitsy is guarding her egg sac, which is just about to hatch. The gang invents a new rhyme about waiting for a sac to hatch, then out pours little spiders saying, “Mommy!”

Am I a writer who is a new mother or what!?

Dad in Maplewood

Curriculum of the Day: Rest

Mission accomplished. Dad is safely in his new assisted living facility. Marty and I spent most of Saturday evening and Sunday unpacking Dad’s possessions, making decisions with him on where to hang pictures, putting his clothes away, etc. All the furniture that we’re keeping is stored in our garage or far shed for the time being. Mom’s Colonial Mice, the Hummels, and lots of other “junk” (sorry, Mom) are in the Long Island house waiting for the highest bidder.

My heart goes out to anyone reading this who has to do this large, difficult job of moving and caring for an elderly parent.

My father is 83. I hope he has some good, healthy years up here in CT spending time with his children and grandchildren. And we children don’t have nearly the burden of trying to keep up his house and bills.  

Today, we collapsed.


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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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