I realized that I write a lot of things, then don’t ever talk about them again. SO:
The marking got finished (well, the part that had to be done for today, was done by 9pm last night). I am hoping to finish up the other half by tonight (they’re due on Friday but Thursday is a busy day, plus that evening is my oldest niece’s high school graduation and it is going to go for at least two hours… I won’t be wanting to do anything having to do with anything once I get home from spending that much time in a cramped, hot arena).
My parents/my brother: I am getting more used to the idea of everyone going. Not that I am not still heartbroken. I am, and I will be.
Elle asked in comments if it would make sense for Rob and I to move in to that house with my folks. Dad (big softy) does not want to stay in that house — too many memories and he would be sad all the time thinking of his grandchildren not being there. Plus, he promised his parents that he would move back to his hometown when he retired from the military… 47 years after first leaving, he’s finally got a reason to keep that promise, I guess. There are other more “concrete” reasons: Mom broke her hip/leg (actually her femur in three places, and the acetabulofemoral joint- the joint that joins the femur to the hipbone – hooray for icy sidewalks!) several years ago and has had trouble walking since. She uses a cane most days, and has a handicapped placard for her car. She is not doing well with stairs anymore, and since the bedrooms are below stairs in the inlaw suite, or upstairs in the main house, she would have to drag herself up or down either way. The other day I watched her after she had come up the stairs from her bedroom, dragging her leg around behind her. It took a good five minutes for her to get up one flight of stairs, and then she was in pain and draggy for at least an hour afterward. They are looking at houses that are all on one level, which would serve well for her mobility issues. Also, she likes the idea of moving close to Dad’s family; she would have someone to visit with (she doesn’t really have anyone that she socializes with here). When SHE joined the military, it was to get the heck out of her hometown, and she doesn’t want to go back, so moving to Dad’s hometown will be okay. Maybe it will be a good thing for them.
Now I’ve written about all that for so long that I don’t remember if there’s anything else I need to follow up on. If you have any burning questions, let me know