Mr. Sunshine is on Sabbatical

by Bill Brenner on August 14, 2011

It has come to my attention that I’ve been irritable lately. I’m not as outgoing as usual. I don’t have the usual energy.

Those who have noted my descending mood trace it back to early June — after Dad suffered his two strokes.

My initial reaction to that was irritation. Too fucking bad, I thought. So sorry I allowed Mr. Sunshine to take a sabbatical. How inconvenient for everyone.

After a few minutes of that, I realized I was being a prick.

People simply care about me and they are worried.

Thank you for caring. Sorry for being a prick.

I guess it has been a long, rough road. I’ve been back and forth to the rehab center each week, and it’s an hour from my home and my office. Seeing Dad in the wheelchair, plainly depressed, has had a rub-off depressive effect. I know how hellish the inactivity is for him, because he passed that trait down to me.

Meantime, I’m keeping it full steam ahead with my own work. And it’s taking all I have to keep from sliding back into binging.

Naturally, trying not to binge means I’ve picked up another destructive crutch. I put that crutch down on Friday, and while it’s the right thing to do, I’m resentful as Hell about it. More on that tomorrow.

The bottom line is that I am not a sunny guy right now. But don’t worry. I’ll be fine. This is life, and despite all the toil and trauma, I am a lot better at this shit than I used to be.

In the meantime, thanks for being patient and caring. I do appreciate it.

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