I am looking at a rare solitary weekend. John is going to the cottage with a bunch of guys, ostensibly to paint it. Ronan is going to his girlfriend’s cottage, and Aidan is doing something or other that does not involve hanging with Mom. Which is fine. I have plans. I have a dinner with the women whose men will be up north with John. I have a piano lesson. I have a date with my aesthetician for some lady grooming. I have the dogs, the garden, and a fat book to read (“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara.
Happy Father’s Day to all the happy fathers, and those happy to have fathers. This is my first year without a dad, mine having passed away last summer. It’s okay, really it is. His mind actually slipped away quite a bit before that, and so, in the end, it was a relief to see him go. But now, almost a year later, I find myself missing him more than I did when he was alive.
How’s your bum today? Never mind, let’s talk about mine. And by bum, I actually mean the part slightly in front of it that sits on a bicycle seat for 226 km and 13 or 14 or I don’t know how many hours. Doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer is like an Irish mother having a baby: it hurts like the dickens, but a year later, you want to do it again. So it was hellish, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The big Tour-de-France types up at the front say it’s a piece of cake, but it was not.
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Selecting a term
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