Rainy Sunday – 214


“Do something that scares the crap out of you,’ Jen Sincero.

What a gruesome day. It rained from dusk til dawn and I had to go and see the in-laws, although to be fair, it wasn’t too painful.

My father-in-law is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s and it is not a pretty sight. He graduated from Cambridge University with a chemistry degree and was once friends with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Now, the only person he recognises in our family group, is my four-year-old Cairn terrier Wooster. In fact, my father-in-law only made sense when he spoke to the dog. ‘There, there, good boy,’ he said as Wooster obeyed instructions to sit.

He has never found relationships easy – the Father-in-law, not the dog. He has Asperger’s so has always been happier inhabiting a world of logic, than one of unpredictable people and small talk. I guess dogs are simpler. All they want is food, love and attention.

I’ve told my husband that I want a one way ticket to Dignitas if ever I get like that. My Mother-in-law has been a saint. I’m not sure I could rise to the challenge in the way she has and have informed the other half that incontinence was not in our marriage vows. We didn’t say the ‘In sickness and in health’ bit either as we wrote our own vows. They were so short, the registrar suggested I add a few more words in or else the ceremony would been shorter than a commercial break.

In other news, I have decided to do a weekend stand-up comedy course. Why? Because the only thing that terrifies me as much as jumping out of a plane from a great height, is the thought of being on stage, with a microphone having to make people laugh.

It is in the words of Jen Sincero, something that will ‘scare the crap’ out of me. I have four months left of my annual challenge. It’s time to do something drastic. Knock, knock…did you hear the one about the menopausal woman who went on stage and couldn’t remember her own jokes?

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Abundance is all around me.

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