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Lie to me

September 17, 2011

Yes, like the song says, lying can be a good thing.  We have all become masterful liars ’round this house.  For example, my father -in-law hates to take showers.  When urged to do so he simply insists that he has just taken a shower or says he will but goes to his room and goes to bed. Arguments can follow.

I was amazed the first time I saw my daughter run up to Gramps and excitedly tell him that the water was about to be turned off for repairs and he had to hurry into the shower.  He scurried right in.

On the other hand, if you want Gramps to go back to bed because he is up and around at 4am tell him it’s time to take a shower.  He goes back to bed to avoid the shower.

We don’t try to explain “what all these pills are”.  We tell him they are all vitamins and take a few vitamins ourselves at the same time.

We start lots of sentences with, “Well, you said…”.   Well you said: you were going in the pool, you were coming to the store, going for a ride, wanted to be awakened from your nap.  Gramps likes to do things that were his idea.

Have we all become incredible liars?  Yes.  Do we intend to stop?  No, we intend to practice the art of creative, beneficial lying.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carrie permalink
    September 17, 2011 11:29 am

    All of these posts are wonderful. I hope they are providing an outlet for the caregivers. I plan to pass this blog on to other folks I know who are taking care of elder parents. (Should I send it to my kids?!?) xoxo

    • September 17, 2011 11:47 pm

      This is being a wonderful outlet and vehicle for probing what I haven’t been dealing with!! Please share with anyone who is facing the same issues. I would love to hear what others have to suggest for coping with these issues. I don’t think your kids need to deal with this yet, but I would love to hear their reactions!

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