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Posted on Tuesday 9 February 2010 at 8:22 pm

My Parents are so Gosh Darn CUTE!

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My mom found out last week that she'd be having surgery on Monday. It was for carpal tunnel in her left arm, so not a major problem, but surgery is surgery and even the most minor can have complications (hers didn't but you don't know that ahead of time). My dad could not take off work Monday because the Germans were coming to town. I should probably explain that...

My dad works for an international company that trains commercial airline pilots. He is one of the technicians that maintains the flight simulators and is also the FAA coordinator for his plant. This means that he is responsible for knowing all the government's laws and regulations and ensuring that all the simulators at his company meet the requirements. Since his company is international, they have pilots from other countries come in and use the sims and Dad also has to make sure the sims meet the laws and regulations of all the other countries. The inspectors from Germany are in town this week and next week, testing everything to make sure the plant is compliant with the German regs.

... so like I said, Dad couldn't take off work Monday because the Germans were coming to town. My sister took Mom in for her surgery and got her home and took care of her until Dad got home from work and all that. Everyone knew she'd be perfectly capable of taking care of Mom, but this didn't stop Dad from having a conniption fit. I believe he was telling my mom things like "But I'm supposed to be there for you! It's my job to take care of you!" Poor guy.

Needless to say my mom made it through the surgery fine (otherwise this post would have started very differently) but she can't use her left arm / hand for anything for some time since it needs to heal. She's left handed. My brother-in-law's birthday is tomorrow, his present needed to be wrapped tonight, and Mom couldn't do it one handed, especially right handed. Dad can wrap packages quite well. He is very exact and gets tight corners and lines up the paper whenever possible and it is all very nice. He never puts bows or ribbons on packages though. I just thought he didn't want to. Apparently he doesn't know how. My mom called me while he was trying to do this so I could hear her trying to explain to him how to take the ribbon and wrap it around one direction, cross it at the bottom, and bring it up the other direction to tie it on the top. He was having all kinds of problems and didn't cut enough ribbon to make pretty curlicues out of the ribbon and I don't know what all. I just know it was hilarious listening to Mom try to explain and Dad try to do and I've decided my parents are awesome.

Further proof my parents are awesome but in a completely different way: my mom called me on Friday (which was her birthday actually). She told me to go to the store and buy a Wii and a Wii Fit because she couldn't find any in stock in her area. I asked who needed a Wii and she said "You do." To which I naturally said, "Wait, what?" Apparently she decided since I was complaining about not being able to get out and go hiking and things like that because of the unusually large quantities of snow we've been getting, I needed a Wii Fit so I could be active inside. She told me to put it on their credit card that I have. So I did. Except I only got the Wii not the Wii Fit because I can't find one around here (between Christmas and Valentine's, the stores are cleaned out and Nintendo is out of stock, too, I think). But I have some other games that get me moving and I'm having a blast with it and I'll get a Fit as soon as a store around here gets some.


drumher at 4:06 am on 11 February 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. Your parents rock.

Edited at 2010-02-11 04:06 am (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 1:42 pm on 11 February 2010 (UTC) (Link)
They really do :)
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 5:18 am on 11 February 2010 (UTC) (Link)
He never puts bows or ribbons on packages though. I just thought he didn't want to. Apparently he doesn't know how.

I thought at first you meant he didn't know how to put the little peel-and-stick bows on. Then I realized you meant real bows. I don't know how to do that either, but now I guess I can just ask your dad? LOL That is so cute.

And that was so sweet of them to get you a Wii! Hope you're having fun with it!
bratty_jedi at 1:44 pm on 11 February 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Asking my dad might get you some interesting results...

The Wii is awesome! I like the sports and all that stuff, but I'm madly in love with the Lego Indiana Jones game! I've got Lego Star Wars once I finish that and then Lego Harry Potter comes out soon!
littlepixiechic at 2:04 pm on 11 February 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for getting a Wii! And your parents are cute :)

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