By Sarah N. Harvey
Royce (aka Rolly) is having a nasty 12 months. not just has his mom dragged him around the kingdom with a view to be on the subject of her elderly father Arthur, a celebrated cellist, yet he is additionally recuperating from mono. whilst he convinces his mom to permit him end the varsity 12 months via correspondence, he is left feeling remoted and lonely, and spends his time observing television and plotting how one can come back to his pals in Nova Scotia. yet ahead of his plans will be carried out, his grandfather has a small stroke. unexpectedly Arthur wishes extra care than Royce's mom supplies and, after a number of employed care aides hand over, Royce is pressed into carrier. taking care of a ninety-five-year-old—especially one as cantankerous, artful and obdurate as Arthur—is a problem. yet as Royce will get to grasp the eccentric previous man—who loves the feline Dolls, hates Anderson Cooper and not listens to the type of track that made him famous—he progressively involves take pleasure in that his grandfather's existence nonetheless has that means. whether Arthur himself turns out to need it to finish. (20110401)
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Ten percent ought to cover my insurance costs for a year. “Maybe. Don’t worry so much. I’m not gonna buy the first beater I see. Research, research, research. You know me. ” My bike search was legendary—almost a year’s worth of Consumer Reports, online searches and test rides—but I hardly ride it anymore since we moved here. Too many hills. Not enough energy. She gets up and puts her dishes in the sink. “I gotta run,” she says with a sigh. “The old coot awaits. ” I feel bad that she has to spend her weekend with Arthur, but not so bad that I offer to take her place.
Oh, honey,” she says. ” She snorts again. ” She stops laughing and wipes her nose on the sleeve of her sweater. ” I think about that for a minute. Since we’ve been here, Mom has visited her father every other day and called him every evening. On the weekends, she cooks all his dinners for the following week. She does his laundry and his grocery shopping. She cuts his hair. The few times I’d been to see him, he’d seemed fine to me. Old and cranky, but fine. Mind you, he never actually talks to me.
Death Benefits by Sarah N. Harvey