Hanging in There

There is one question I have been asked more often than any other since my dad passed away last week. The phrasing is not always the same but it comes down to this:

How are you holding up?

My answer to that question has been exactly the same every time I have been asked.

I’m hanging in there.

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I’ve heard a lot recently about how I need a distraction from all of the things I’ve been pondering as of late. I’ve had offers of movies, lunch, other activities and then there’s my usual January trip to spend time with my cousin Shiloh in Sioux Falls.
I understand the thought processes behind all of this. Take your mind off things for awhile and then maybe you’ll feel better.

There is just one problem with that and it is why I am refusing any attempts to distract me.

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