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June 17.22: Coping, but barely


I grew up with parents who were obsessively, preternaturally, neurotically, vociferously adamant about language. Certain kinds of words were categorically forbidden, among them the so-called four-letter words. My parents maintained that such words were a sign of an inadequate vocabulary.

But of all the four-letter words I knew to avoid, the one they never warned about was “plan.” THAT is a four-letter word, and a totally useless one at that.

Some time ago, my California son made plans to visit in May, before June graduation chaos. His flight here was twice cancelled by the airline. As it eventually happened, he arrived around dawn the day of my granddaughter’s graduation. Meanwhile, she had contracted COVID. Then her dad, my other son, tested positive. Then my daughter-in-law and grandson. And did I mention rain and torrential rain?

The visiting son has celiac disease, so eating out was not an option, and that meant that much of the two weeks preceding his visit I was cooking and baking for a gluten-free stockpile.

I have fallen woefully behind in blogdom, neither writing nor reading.

So yesterday, in the throes of cleaning up and digging out, I came to WordPress with a plan (when will I learn?) to catch up. But no. Something had changed. You have no idea, dear reader, what a moral victory there is in the fact that I am writing this now. I actually found Susan Rushton’s two-year-old comment where she told me how to get to the Classic Editor. (Thanks again, Susan!) Whether this is a forever fix remains to be seen, of course.

As I pick up the pieces of routine here, I can guarantee I will be thinking about an adequate vocabulary.



12 thoughts on “June 17.22: Coping, but barely

  1. Oh Maureen, what a train wreck! You can’t make this stuff up! I certainly hope everyone got through Covid with no lasting side effects and that your granddaughter has a diploma in her hand. I have no doubt your visiting son enjoyed all your cooking and baked goods and was most appreciative. The torrential rain may have been the highlight of all these mishaps! 🤗

    As for an ‘adequate vocabulary’, sometimes we need to just let it rip and move on. I bet your parents would be ok with that, considering the circumstances. Or not!

    Hopefully June turns out to be a better month for you.

    • Thanks, Ginger! “Train wreck” indeed! Still it was great to have my son here. We worked hard to just take it as it came. Sad to say, my family is not bouncing back well from COVID. Even the two teens are dragging. They were all vaccinated, so I don’t want to think how much worse it might have been without the shots. Yes, my granddaughter does have her diploma, with her eyes now fixed on college. It takes my breath away.

  2. Given the circumstances, your parents might understand a slip into the forbidden vocabulary. I am sorry you son’s and your plans went to (searching my vocabulary) well, wherever they went in a hand basket. I hope future plans will work out better.

    • Thank you, Dan! Yes, wherever those plans went, they have a lot of company. I suspect I’m not the only one in the world who has found “plan” a nonsense word. As for my parents, who knows? I never did figure them out.

  3. PLAN is definitely a four-letter word in my book, Maureen! I used to crack up when I’d hear about an interview question being ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ My thinking is ‘Hell if I know.’ **see what I did there? 😆**I am so not a planner–it’s not worth it. A random idea? I can do that. A total plan? Surely you jest.

    • Yes, I did see what you did there, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m so glad to know there is someone else in the galaxy who has no clue where she will be in five years. Maybe even five minutes. I can deal with planning from noon to dinner. Beyond that, it’s out of my jurisdiction. Thanks for the laugh!

  4. Remember that old saying about we plan and God laughs? He must have had a real chuckle at your family plans for graduation. I sincerely hope that everyone is recovering, and you certainly had an opportunity for an in-depth visit with your CA son. I also hope your granddaughter has a wonderful college experience. Now, I must fall on my sword and say the occasional four-letter word falls out of my mouth during some circumstances like trying to write a blog post when the editor changes. 🙂 This morning, I had to change my password on two accounts because I couldn’t get in with the one that has worked for a long time. Maybe the word, long, is the problem. 🙂 Our propane company has a good website, I could maneuver quite well, and it always worked. Now, they’ve gone to an app only and everything is to be done online. Insert whatever word you were thinking when you logged on to WordPress this morning. 🙂 I hope technology works for both of us all weekend, and your family is well on the road to recovery.

    • Oh, indeed I remember that old saying! I thought it was written just for me. Planning has always seemed something that works for other people! I can only shake my head and commiserate on that whole thing about passwords and places that do business only online. Yes, let’s hope technology works for both of us this weekend, especially with my very non-technological brain! As for the family, they are not bouncing back very well from COVID, any of them. My visit with the California son was great, though. It was wonderful to have him here.

  5. I’m glad the get-around is still working and that you managed to find it. No mean feat after 2 years! Very glad too to see you back as I had been wondering if all was well. Evidently not! It all sounds very trying indeed and I hope that everyone is feeling much better by now. I spotted your return a few days ago when we were in Liverpool, celebrating Paul McCartney’s birthday (without Paul, need I say?) I’m in needing-to-catch up mode, but you are a step ahead of me.

    • Oh, dear! Anyone who is a step behind ME is in need of sympathy, so I send a bucket load. I hope your catch-up has a quicker pace than mine! And I can’t believe that Paul didn’t show up at your celebration! My son and family are still struggling with the after-effects of COVID, unfortunately. He says there is a fatigue that hangs on even with the two teens.

      • I hope they all manage to shake the effects off very soon. Although The Queen rarely gives health bulletins, it is noticeable she has been less active since having Covid. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence but I wonder.

      • Indeed, it’s hard not to think that this rotten virus might have slowed her down. She seems very fragile when she is seen though still a woman to be reckoned with. I never see her without marveling that she actually knew Winston Churchill. Thanks for your good wishes for my family.

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