Tuesday, October 19, 2010

tuesday afternoon

An old barn on my parents' farm. Pine Lake, Alberta

Each week I face new challenges and frustrations on the job; this week it's a couple from a farming community south of here. On Saturday I got a call from a rural hospital asking that I come in and set up Mr. Oakley so that he could go home, he had some kind of pulmonary problem and had gone to the ER Friday night. Nice couple in their 60's but very high strung and not likely to listen to anything you say! The two of them rambled on while I was trying to demonstrate how to use the equipment, interrupting me over & over again to ask, "how much is that?" A ninety minute job turned into two hours and twenty minutes, and when I would try to steer them back to the task at hand they chastised me.

To be honest, I don't know. Most of our clients are covered through a provincial program, and in their case they have 100% coverage. It doesn't stop them from worrying, and I don't blame them for the worry, but if they've been told over and over by several different people that they have full coverage, they shouldn't call me when I'm with another client to accuse me of "shafting" them. Seriously.

My working relationship with Bill continues to improve but there have been several setbacks, and as much as he'd like me to forget what was said, it's going to take a little time. Remember that line from When Harry Met Sally?

"You can't take it back. It's already out there!"

It's true, for the most part.

On another note, do you have teens? Em is thirteen and would like to start dating soon. My thoughts are that dating means "physical contact" and I don't want anyone touching her! How old were you when you started dating?

I was sixteen before I was allowed to date, but was able to trick my parents into letting me have "sleepovers." These were plans to attend parties & dances, to drink, and to scope out boys. I was NOT a virgin when I was finally allowed to date.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on it, and I must return to work now that's 1 pm. Have a good afternoon!


  1. Dating? It is time but let her go on group dates. No, i don't like it but it is a part of a happy life.

    Better talk with her about everything.


  2. I agree with Bobby...hanging in groups is more fun for them

  3. Bobby has good idea. Wow...they grow up so fast.

  4. Group dates are a good idea. My parents told me I had to wait until I was 16 to date, and I think for the most part I did. I think I was 17 when I had my first REAL boyfriend. Scary to think she's growing up so fast!

  5. odd, I never considered dating immediately as "touching and doing stuff" but just DATING...going out for an ice cream, a movie, etc. Why does it have that negative touch today? Is every boy a monster? Of course, group "dates" are better, but you know, and I know, that the more you forbid, the more she will find ways to get around it.

    When I now hear about what my daughter did at that age (sneaking out, etc), things I never realised.... *sigh* (ok, I was young once, too lol)