Un comfortable

This is a public service announcement…and also a poem. 

He makes you uncomfortable
doesn’t he?
When he drools
and shakes
When he says something
with slurred speech
and he looks at you
expecting you to understand
So you nod and smile
That makes you uncomfortable
doesn’t it?

Well, when that happens, it makes him uncomfortable too
Oh I don’t mean the drooling and the shaking and the slurred speech
After 3 years, he is used to that
That’s his new normal.
What bothers him
is that it bothers you

He’s a smart man
He notices the difference
between a “nod and smile” of understanding
and
a “nod and smile” that says
“I have no effing clue what you said but I can’t be bothered to actually try to understand you.”
He notices the faces
of disgust you make when his drool drizzles
through his beard and pools in a wet stain on his shirt
He notices how people talk extra
slow and extra
loud and extra
peppy to him.
He notices how he eats
and how it draws attention;
he refuses to eat in public anymore.

He notices
and it makes him uncomfortable too
So, excuse me if I don’t give one flying fart how uncomfortable he makes you.
Being him makes him uncomfortable enough as it is.

Attention everybody
Start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
Cuz my dad’s here
Get used to it.

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3 thoughts on “Un comfortable

  1. mimimoney1 says:

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Veronica, well said !!! You are an awesome daughter!! ❤️

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  2. mary coco says:

    I’m glad you wrote this Veronica for many different reasons. But it is such a good reminder to us all when we are faced with the un comfortable to notice and pay attention to what that’s about and especially in your dad’s situation to remember to look beyond the physical and un comfortable to see the MAN, the HUMAN BEING, that is still with us and who is more important than our minor, temporary un comfortableness.

    Thank you for being you Veronica and sharing your heart. Aunt Mary

    On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 6:35 PM, listening for the whisper wrote:

    > listeningforthewhisper posted: “This is a public service > announcement…and also a poem. He makes you uncomfortable doesn’t he? > When he drools and shakes When he says something with slurred speech and he > looks at you expecting you to understand So you nod and smile That mak” >

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