December 2011, near Boston, Mass.~
Sorry if I haven't written in here in so long; I am just not much of a writer.
Paul Q. Eddington here. Hope this finds you well and/or reasonably happy ... I am doing okay; not great, but I'm hanging in there.
School continues to be a pain in my ass. Some of the teachers are screwball crazy: they don't think twice of piling on all the homework they possibly can before Christmas break! And get this: we have some homework to do while ON Christmas break! UGH!! :(
In addition to that, our beloved dog, "Harry", died in October. He was very old: something like 15 or so. He died of respiratory/kidney/heart failure. We had no choice but to put him down; he was clearly suffering. I miss him like crazy; we've had him as long as I can remember. Harry was an English bulldog. He was very ugly, very fat, and had extremely foul breath, but he was very loveable! We loved him a lot.
My dad was in the hospital back in July: heart attack. We thought we were going to lose him, but he survived, which was a huge answer to prayer. (I am not very religious, or a praying person, but we prayed and God brought our dad from the brink of death.) Dad is feeling much better, but he has had to change his dietary habits and start exercising (moderate; nothing strenuous, plus he has to go to his cardiologist every few months, to make sure all is well). I am so glad Dad is on the mend; he really gave us a scare!!
Mom is busy working two jobs, just so she can pay for gas, food, medical care, etc. I hardly see her like I used to. I pray she doesn't burn herself out; it's bad enough Dad can no longer work due to his heart attack; we don't need Mom getting sick, too!
My litttlest brother, Tyler (12) had surgery when his appendix burst back in August; he nearly died. He is recovering as well and has to take it easy and not play any contact sports until he fully heals. So we had a scare with him as well. Tyler has always been delicate; he's not disabled in any way, but he's a skinny kid with not much meat on him and he gets sick a lot. His resistance to any bug is low.
Happily, though, Stevie (14) has been doing great: he is currently playing basketball and his team is doing great so far! They haven't lost any games.
Mr. Pee (Prescott), my English teacher, liked my journal and he told me to continue doing them. He said I write very well and I should consider being a writer when I grow up. I might take him up on that offer: I love to write; I just don't write nearly as much as I should. So here I am, doing my second entry, months after I posted my first one ... LOL
It is Christmas (okay, not Christmas, exactly), and we have our tree (and outdoor lights) up. I am going Christmas shopping with some friends tonight and maybe look at Christmas lights. Then tomorrow we are going to the middle school to see my little brother's play that he's in. And on Saturday, I'm going with my family to a Christmas pancake breakfast at a church not far from where we live and later that evening, there's gonna be a "parade of lights" and fireworks if the weather isn't too bad. And finally, on Sunday, we are going with my aunt to her church and see a Christmas Cantata or something.
My aunt has always been religious, which is more than I can say for our family. Oh, we believe in God, but we just don't attend church a lot. That is fine with me; I like sleeping in on the weekends. LOL
Well, I gotta go: lunch time. I will write in here again another day; sorry it's been a while! Until then, this is Cyclops saying I'm outta here! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
~Paul (Cyclops). :)
~To be continued.~