Monday, January 03, 2005

Parenting side of the coin

“… Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream? …”

Edgar Allan Poe

This line of poetry has both soothed and challenged me through years of caregiving, serving almost like a mantra. So when an opportunity presented itself for a quest to the grave of ol’ Edgar near Baltimore's Inner Harbor, I was off!


In my case caregiving has always been counterbalanced with parenting. My crusade expanded to Megan and a classmate (and students of American Literature).


Soon the day also encompassed the National Aquarium and ended dinning on crab cakes and steamed clams while overlooking the USS Constellation.


Spouse / caregiving and resulting single parenting has meant in our case  -- also raising Megan to live and succeed in an able bodied world. It's an interesting duality. This kind of day could not have happened WITH Patti; only with her safely attended and resting. 

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