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London – October 9th, 1988
I was so nervous when I went to see Marty in hospital today. Anyone would have thought I was entering a dangerous place to meet up with somebody who was evil. If there’s one thing Marty is not, it’s a witch!
My mouth almost hit the floor when I saw him. He was fast asleep, but he looked to have aged by 20 years. I sat beside him for a while not wanting to wake him up. I couldn’t help but cry at what he had done to himself.
Just as I was about to leave, he woke up and immediately smiled when he saw me. ‘You’ve come,’ were his words, which quickly made me burst out laughing. It was just the way he said it, plus my dirty mind at work. We both cried with laughter before I sat down again and we talked about what had happened.
I do worry about him having to go back to Grassmere Road. From what he told me, the house is now full of tension. They’ve now all been told they have to be out by the end of the month. He assured me, though, that he did have someplace to go if he didn’t find anything before then. It’s a shame that his flat purchase fell through because he couldn’t get a mortgage.
As I left the hospital, I couldn’t help but look up at the sky and ask that he gets better. I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery, but I only hope he doesn’t go back to the drug scene.
Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is the writer and blogger, Kat Carpita. Kat began writing her blog, Dandelion Fuzz, four and a half years ago. She is the mother of three grown children and Nonna to two grandsons. She lives with her husband and dog, Ari, in the suburbs south of Chicago, Illinois.
Kat loves reading, writing, taking photos- with both her phone and the DSLR camera she still needs to learn how to use, music, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. These days much of her time is spent helping out with her young grandsons, and she finds herself back in the throes of potty training and homework.
When she isn’t reading to her three-year-old grandson, she’s been on a biography kick lately. She loves music of all styles, but her favourite musician without a doubt is her youngest son, Andy.
Her favourite pastime is participating in NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month), which she has taken part in every year since 2011. She is currently in the early stages of writing a children’s book with her middle child, Kris, featuring a gender fluid main character.
Although Kat’s blog began as an outlet for her to share and explore her family’s journey with an LGBT child, as her life changed, her blog changed, too. Kat discovered a love for photography through photo challenges which she incorporated into her blog, often accompanied by quotes, memories or thoughts on the subject matter. One of her favourite parts of blogging is interacting with other bloggers. She has found the blogging community to be one of the friendliest she has ever known, and she treasures the friendships she has made.
When I asked Kat to choose a piece of work she wanted me to feature, she found herself stuck between two blog posts to feature and asked me to pick. I told her I’d feature both of them.
The first post, Yesterday Once More, is a post of Kat’s that I shared on my blog in September 2017. It’s one of her favourites because it’s light-hearted and brings back fond memories of being a goofy teenager. Click here to read the post.
The second post, Blessings and Lessons, strikes a chord in Kat because so much of her life has been spent in Mom mode. Kat says – it’s funny because these two posts are so much a part of who I was and who I am. As I go through childrearing 2.0 with my grandsons, all of these lessons are being put to good use. Click here to read the post.
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Kat’s song choice is Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon.
Released on the 1980 album Double Fantasy, Paul McCartney has stated that this is one of his favourite songs written by Lennon. The song was used on the B-side of the song Happy Xmas (War is Over) to promote the compilation album The John Lennon Collection in 1982. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Kat.
In October 1988, despite his drug taking, I thought Marty was still very much a beautiful boy. Do you have a favourite song connected to something beautiful? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week, with a nine-day break from work looming, as new beginnings and new doors open, will they lead to the same old problems or is life about to change for good? Click here to find out.
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