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Subject:  An Open Letter Date:  10/5/2012  9:38 PM
Author:  ThyPeace Number:  39469 of 45073

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thanks. It's been a rough few months. I really felt like I wasn't getting anything done, though I spent many hours escorting insurance adjustors and contractors, collecting information for the personal property inventory, watching tree removal, reviewing insurance estimates, asking them to re-do to get all the damage accounted for, talking to contractors, talking to architects, talking to mortgage guys and title companies, and sending checks hither and yon to get them finally deposited in my account. Not to mention the health issues that have limited my travel and made some of my days a blur of pain and misery, and the usual rounds of work and parenting that take almost all my time.

You guys showed up with your too-heavy suitcases and years more experience than I have with this kind of thing, and a get-'er-done attitude. And you worked. A lot.

- Trees trimmed
- Bushes trimmed
- Hydrangeas cut back
- Lawn mowed
- Vines cut
- Patio swept
- Shed demolished
- Shed pieces moved to the street and then hauled away
- Fencing that had already been taken down hauled away
- Back fence demolished and hauled to the street
- Stone wall rebuilt
- New retaining wall built
- New garbage disposal installed
- Giant copper kettle polished
- Brass candlesticks polished
- Arrangements made for rebuilding the fences
- Arrangements made for finishing the stone patio
- New sheds considered
- Flowers and gifts for my birthday, as if all the other things weren't enough

In all, 20 yard waste bags and three truckloads of debris were hauled away from my house in the 9 days you were here. You also bought all the groceries, did laundry, and took us all out to eat twice. I helped where and when I could, but the fact is that you and the handyman you magicked up -- he knocked on the door about five hours after Dad asked if I knew one -- did the vast majority of what needed to be done.

You guys are in your mid-70s. Dad suffered through a horrible hip replacement, infection, and re-replacement journey last year, and still limps. Mom has a terribly messed up back. (The doctors say it looks like a pretzel and ask how she manages to walk.) She's waiting to have her hip done, resisting because Dad had such a terrible time.

I am so glad to see that you guys are able to be so active, and I am both honored and incredibly grateful that you gave me such a huge amount of help this week. There is a long, long journey still to go, and I was serious when I said I'd like you to come supervise the construction when they start working on the house. You guys are totally awesome.

Love,
ThyPeace
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