I had a call from my sister in Australia.. she was just pulling out of mum and dad's drive on the 4 hour journey home after taking dad to the hospital.. the wonders of modern day technology.. I expected the worst possible news but was delighted to hear that his illness and loss of weight wasn't due to cancer but to a none infectious form of TB and it was treatable with a cocktail of antibiotics.. Dad had also suspected the worst and he was bowled over with the news. Needless to say everyone is greatly relieved and the soldier soldiers on..
As if this wasn't enough, my youngest daughter's partner called me from Dubai to ask permission to marry my daughter.. Well that doesn't happen every day so when I had gotten over the shock I made some enquiries about his intentions before giving him the permission he sought.. I was flattered if the truth be known.. my son in law didn't do it! A few days later my daughter rang to say he had proposed at a desert resort..very romantic.. So now thoughts of a family wedding are crowding into my already crowded head. What a momentous few days!!!
From a lifewide perspective you cannot prepare for the sorts of events I have described above. They shock you to the core and you have to deal with the emotional turmoil that ensues.. Certainly talking about the situations helps enormously and my wife has been a big help.. in fact she triggers even more stuff as you talk through the implications, reorganise your life and gain reassurance that your children are making the right decisions. The role of significant others becomes essential in dealing with these sorts of unusual family situations.