The Book of Houston

And Lo, the day shall come to pass when thou will engage in a conversation with thy father or thy mother about thy parent’s bowel movements. And thou will enter into dialogue and be a witness to thy parent’s colonic testimony, and thou will listen freely and openly and with only small disgust and embarrassment. For despite thy parent’s TMI, thou will feel great joy that thy beloved parent is alive and recovering and now, ten weeks after major surgery, still eager and able to cook too much food and check the Weather Channel frequently and seek understanding, as during the World Cup final, as to the meaning and use of the offside trap.

And thou will know that the glory of The Lord and modern medicine has shone round upon them, and thou were not sore afraid anymore, just a bit frustrated with Medicare billing issues. For as it is written in the song of the words of the prophet Kate Bush, saying, thou knows there is a lot of strength left in thee.*

Prepare Ye the trip home to see him, make thy children’s manners polite. Every dinner plate shall be filled, and every backyard and garden shall be green; and the wounded shall be healed, and the Tex-Mex shall be eaten, and the political talk shall be avoided; and all family shall see the salvation of… Family.

Praise The Lord and pass the gravy.

Praise The Lord and pass the gravy. (photo by therockmom)

*from ‘This Woman’s Work’, a song ostensibly about childbirth (and featured in the John Hughes’ movie She’s Having A Baby) but applicable to anyone in need of strength and courage.

As you may know, this is a companion piece to a February post, Notes From Another Land, about my Dad and his cancer diagnosis. Thanks for reading.

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Posted on July 17, 2014, in American culture, children, expats, parenting, parents and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Amen

  2. Oh, my, what a picture, and all in biblical prose! Wonderful!
    Love the references to avoiding all political talk and preparing children’s manners. Glad the colonoscopy was not offside.

    • Glad you liked it Ann. How’s everything where you are? We are back in HK, spending as much time poolside as possible.

  3. Can I get an “AMEN”?! Great stuff. I’m sharing.

    • Thanks for reading and sharing Katie. When are we going to see you in HK again??? I might be down in Singapore in December, will let you know. Jen x

  4. Hey, Jen.

    Liked this post.

    We are having a great summer reconnecting with family and friends.

    See you back in HK…dreading the return.

    A

    • Hi ya, thanks for reading Allison! We’re back and it is hot as heck here. Enjoy your holiday & see you soon, x

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