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Category: Memoir

Stories from my memoir that couldn’t be included in the final version but merit being shared just the same.

To Dad

To Dad

Dad, I remember you telling me how, because I was a cesarian-section birth, that you were the first of my parents to hold me. Of course by then you’d had practice holding a baby because my sister was born two and a half years earlier. By the time I came around you knew what to expect from a newborn – the spitting, the diapers, the early-morning feedings. That is not to say that taking care of me was a piece…

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Something Changed

Something Changed

For this post to make sense, you need to go back and read the very first post on this blog entitled, “Something’s Gotta Change” because this is the sequel. Something did change this year. Just not everything. But the change was significant enough that it’s worth noting. So, here goes. 3 Reboots First off, I’m not sure how many of my readers know this but Bonjour Jubilation the blog is now in its 3rd incarnation. 2011 – It began. I…

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Then and Now

Then and Now

Five days before writing this, I was in the psych hospital again. Only this time, I wasn’t depressed, suicidal, or self-harming. This time I entered the hospital in the elevated mood commonly known as “mania.” True, I had to total my car and be driven to the ER via ambulance before signing myself in. But I’d been to psych hospitals before and when it was suggested I transfer to one, I had no problem signing myself in. The advantage to coming…

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Sand-Filled Sea Turtle

Sand-Filled Sea Turtle

(acquired ≈ between 2004 and 2006) Reflecting on an object from my treasure box. The memory of the exact occasion for which this object was given is completely lost to me, but I treasure it not so much because of when I received, but because of who gave it to me. The toy sea turtle is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, as baby sea turtles tend to be. It is soft and filled with, I…

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