Oh, Terijo, now I know why you are here in Florida! How sad and exhausting that situation must be for you. But, you are there to make a difference and you will. Sounds like multiple people need you. It’s so difficult to come to the aid of family members who haven’t always been there for you or with whom you have complicated and contentious relationships.

Remember to take care of yourself in the midst of all the drama and responsibilities. I know, easier said than done, and I am certainly one of the worst at following my own advice but I hope you try. You may think of Florida as a swamp but we do have beautiful places that can help bring a sense of peace and contentment. Pay attention to the natural beauty around you, walk on the beach, catch dawn over the Atlantic. Long ago, I lived in Melbourne north of there so I know how gorgeous the beaches are in your area. Get your camera out and take some kick-ass photos for Snapshots!

I wish I were closer to your location so I could help in some way. Well, not a this moment since I’m sidelined with shingles and not much help to anyone but after I heal. If you need a break and can escape, come north for a couple of days! We’d love to have you. And, I am very serious about that.

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