Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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You may have noticed, in the post about my friend Lisa’s funeral on the 12th, that I mentioned her two teenage children. While Lisa was in hospital they came and stayed at my place (a) because they couldn’t really stay at their home alone and (b) because I live much closer to town than they do, and so could take them in to hospital to visit their mum and get them to their schools.

Well, with Lisa’s passing, they and I are embarking on an unexpected new phase of our lives, as they are now living with me on what looks to be a permanent basis. Nearly three years ago, Lisa asked me if I would be the guardian of her children should anything happen to her; I’d said yes, and/but although I knew she wasn’t well, I never thought that I might end up having to actually do it. Nevertheless, here we are. They are lovely children, which is making things easier, but obviously there are big changes that we are facing. The three of us are thus trying to figure out our “new normal” and how to make this work, and I think we’re doing okay so far; I only hope that I don’t let them or their mum down.

I’m not totally sure what the future will bring, which makes me a little nervous, but I’m told that driving lessons are on the agenda … which makes me REALLY nervous!

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