easy child got her paper back, the one she wrote on the event that changed her life. I showed her how to do Track Changes in Word, but she wasn't listening ... turned it in a day late, with-the gray brackets and comments still all over the place. (It was late because easy child got to school late because we had a child psychiatric appointment for difficult child. I will email teacher and explain.) Teacher gave her a C-. Ack! easy child is hoping she can fix it up and turn it in for a better grade in the a.m. Meanwhile, my little sister just got back from a very cool trip to England. She lives near my dad, who has Alzheimer's, so although he's in a nice retirement complex, he still has to take medications and be carted around. He has issues with-diarrhea--we think he's lactose intolerant--and messed up his pants and shoes so badly, M. had to throw them away. Then her sewer line broke and they are now pulling up the carpeting on the main floor of her house. And her 21-yr-old difficult child is back in rehab. For the 4th time. I know she wants to hop back on a plane and go back to England. Every now and then, she makes comments about detaching, like, "If she makes it through the next yr ..." and I don't know if she means with-o going back to rehab, or not making it at all, as in accidentally overdosing. It's really scary and M. won't talk about it much. She did ask us to call C. to cheer her on about an art fair she was participating in, since my sister (her mom) would be out of town. We did that, and C. didn't do the art fair because her boyfriend didn't show up or some such excuse. Sigh. How much do you all tell your families about extended families' issues? We see this neice twice a yr and everyone loves her. She's cute and adorable and funny. When she's not moody and hiding in her room. My easy child knows a little bit, but difficult child doesn't know anything. I don't know how my sister can sleep at night. During Thanksgiving, Dad will be in Fla with-my brother and his family. Then we all go to Calif for Christmas. I usually take Dad in June, but I'm thinking we should have him in Jan. for a while, to help my sister. Or I could fly up there and stay in his apt., which would give me a break from difficult child. (Believe me, it's way easier dealing with-my dad than difficult child!) Sorry, just rambling.