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December 6, 2008

Sarah had a bad day Thursday — the OCD/anxiety/depression monster was back. She and I were both sad and anxious Friday morning. We kept busy cleaning house. The house had gotten SO bad that I had proclaimed an Emergency Family Clean Up day. šŸ˜‰ My husband went out to get paper towels and stuff. He came home with TWO bouquets of flowers, one for me and one for Sarah, because we’d been having a rough couple of days. šŸ˜€ He’d also bought Sarah a light, fun DVD to watch, you know, to help take the edge off. The man is a marvel!

Friday got better. Tori and Ashlyn came over; the kids hung out together and watched a movie. I went Christmas shopping. I’ve done all my shopping (got it all done in less than 24 hours), except for a present for John. He wants this video game called Call of Duty 5. Tori told me it has Nazi Zombies in it. Of course — who doesn’t want Nazi Zombies for Christmas? I can’t think of a better gift to celebrate the season of peace.

Today Sarah and I went to the library. On the way, I saw a man standing in the parking lot, in 27 degree weather, holding a handwritten cardboard sign that said “Homeless — Help.” šŸ˜¦ I haven’t seen that in many years. We live in a small city with a generous amount of government-subsidized housing. Fifteen years ago, my husband and I would occasionally see men, standing in parking lots, holding signs that said “Will Work for Food.” We would usually buy them some groceries.

I bought 2 bags of groceries today, and Sarah got a print-out, from the librarian, with the address and phone number of the homeless shelter. We put it all in a bag, and when we got back into town, I looked for the homeless sign-bearer. We couldn’t find him. I can’t stop thinking about him.

Sarah and I chatted a but about homelessness and how, in a bad economy, many people who have been struggling to get by fall off the edge. šŸ˜¦ We also talked about how the deinstitutionalization movement of the 196os, while beneficial in many respects, increased the problem of homelessness. They did not have an adequate plan to integrate people with long-term mental illnesses into the community. We segued into talking about domestic violence and other things.

Sarah has been browsing some of the many cinema books we checked out or borrowed.

James has been listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Trishy and I have been practicing her Spanish a bit.

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