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Just thinking…



Tonight I am at the office, working late, and thinking about Dad.

For those of you who have been following, and who offered your kind support (thank you very much, once more!), I think I should give a little news.

Dad is still hospitalized in Trois-Rivières. He is held under close observation but he is stable, and doing well, given the circumstances. Soon (hopefully) we’ll know when and where he’ll get transfered. That will be either to Montréal (please pretty please!) or Québec City (Noooooooooooo, that’s about three hours of drive from my home in Montréal), in a hospital specialized in cardiology.

So for now, all’s left for all of us, is to wait and hope nothing bad happens while we do.


Now, tonight I was thinking about Dad, and what makes him so special. And I kind of realized how his sense of curiosity was much sharper than the average Joe’s.

Because of that, all his life he did things others didn’t dare to do, went to places where others wouldn’t even think of going, and therefore, gathered a whole lot of knowledge that probably just rarely come as handy, but still. He knows a lot. About everything.

If I wanted to mock him, I’d say that he simply did it to beat everyone he knows at Trivial Pursuit. Because he does! He is just unbeatable. Even after a stroke, and a serious surgery, he could answer almost every question we threw at him (Little Bro had brought a box of questions).

It’s a fact, Dad is curious about everything, and it’s always been this way. And he developped something really funny, which I hadn’t put my finger on before this evening. Before that, I thought he was just trying to be annoying, or practicing to win a Guinness record of number-of-questions-asked-in-a-row. But I think I got it now.

Having such an acute sense of curiosity must have an effect on the brain. I decided it had to. And because of all the years of intense curiosity, after a while, Dad developped reflexes the average human brain doesn’t have. His sense of curiosity sometimes switches to autopilot.

Let me explain.

When Dad did things that really required his full attention (usually, that means watching TV), his brain remained curious, but couldn’t do much, without Dad telling it to ask questions… And it created the autopilot mode!

When on autopilot, Dad’s brain is allowed to gather information, using Dad’s mouth, as long as it doesn’t disturb every fonction having to do with watching TV (such as, “watching the TV” “listening to the TV” and “having occasional access to the mouth to stuff snacks in it”!)

And believe me, Dad’s brain loves to get the control over things! Brains are control freaks!! And it starts asking question after question, no filter on, too happy not to have Dad telling it that “This is stupid” or “That’s rude” or silly stuff like that.

And that gives converstations like the following:

Dad and I are sitting on the couch, in the living room. Mom is upstairs, and the phone rings.

Dad (whose hearing is not great): What was that?

Me: The phone, Dad.

Dad: Who is it? (remember that Mom is upstairs… But lucky for me, I heard that it was my grand mother)

Me: Grandma.

Dad: What does she want?

Me: ………………


This is just an example. But you get it, right? On autopilot, Dad’s brain will ask questions as long as there is someone to answer them. I’m sure if I had given a reply to that last enquiry, I would have been provided another question right away.

Ok, that’s probably not what’s going on in Dad’s brain. But it amuses me to think so… So from now on, Dad does have the autopilot option.

That’s it!











22 thoughts on “Just thinking…

    1. I am, and I feel Lucky to know my luck… Most of the people close to me are older than me, and don’t have their parents anymore. It made me very aware of my luck to still have Mom AND Dad 🙂


  1. I totally relate to the curious brain and ummm…t.v. and auto pilot. My auto pilot though usually ends in sleeping sitting straight up. I will keep his transition in my thoughts.


    1. Thank you, Joy 🙂 Dad is an awesome man, I admire him with all my heart. That’s why these little things he does that could be seen as annoying, I just find endearing 🙂 Glad this made you smile!!

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    1. Thank you, Beckie 🙂 🙂 🙂 Dad is an awesome man. We are lucky to have him, and we know it! I’ve seen so many people who had a poor father figure, or none at all… I have been blessed, and I hope to keep him for a long time still 🙂 xxx

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      1. My father was one that fell under the category of “poor father figure” – I believe that is why I am so very close to my mother. We endured a lot of emotional and sometimes physical abuse because of his alcoholism. I was never close with my dad at all.
        You’re a lucky woman to have such a strong father figure in your life. 😊🏋️‍♀️💞

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      2. I am sorry you had to deal with such a difficult relationship with your dad. And your Troll. I am indeed incredibly lucky to be the daughter of two amazing, loving and caring people. They are both perfect role models, and still love each other deeply, after all the years spent together. I’ll probably never match their awesomeness, but I have the best to look up to 🙂

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      3. No reason for you to be sorry, silly. It’s just the cards that were dealt. My family dynamic is dysfunctional, I’m use to it. LOL!
        And, not for nothing, but I truly see a great deal of awesomeness in you! You’re a damn good egg, with a beautiful heart! 😊💗

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      4. Aww thank you… I try to be the best person I can 🙂 And you know, it is easy to be kind to awesome people… It’s the *ssholes that make it a challenge 😛

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  2. It’s a neat skill. I guess annoying at times, but I think curiosity is a very good quality to have. Like you said, it makes your dad always willing to try new things. But, mentally too, I think it would keep him sharp b/c in being curious he’s seeking knowledge and still learning. Keep an active and inquiring mind is something good for seniors, almost seniors, and those of us of any age b/c it means are minds aren’t going to mush and we can stay sharp for as long as possible while we age. It’s interstibg b/c in much children’s literature of today, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge is encouraged and praised. Even in older stuff, in Alice in Wonderland, in CS Lewis’ Narnia books, even in the Hunger Games series. B/c even though curiosity can have consequences, the good aspects our way the bad. I think this theme should be present in any age of literature listened to it read. Your dad is good example of that it seems. My uncle Barrie too. He’s 76. 🙂 I’m praying your dad is transferred to Montreal. It’s much more important for him to see his fam while having access to good care. To be social and not always stuck in a hospital room or that environment, the next while. Hope he heals quick. Hugs

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    1. I totally agree with you! Curiosity is the best way to keep a healthy brain running… It should be encouraged at all ages! Unfortunately, I think some parents over-protect their kids, depriving them from exploring the world, like we did when I was a little girl. But then again, curiosity can take many forms, and with Internet kids today have access to a lot of information we didn’t have back then too!

      May we keep that hunger to learn always! I have a good example to follow 😉

      Thank you for your prayers! People outside the bloggosphere wouldn’t understand, but I have felt so much love since day 1 of this sad adventure…. It helps a lot, and I am very grateful for all the support 🙂 It makes a huge difference! xx

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