"For a real knee-slapper, let someone with (occasional) dementia and Parkinsons symptoms help out with dishes."
Before I get my chestnuts roasted over an open fire, it is me to whom I refer. First, it is humbling as hell when the max responsibility you have is helping out with the dishes without destroying everything. That humility gets worse when you are doing you very best yet you hand forgets to put the dish into the sink, spilling it on the floor, as it THATS where the sink was....or trying to put a dish away, causing two more to start to fall, saving that resulting in a cascade of dishes raining down upon you. I could go on but the ones who know, know and the ones who don't, well I hope they never will.
But heres the thing of the thing as they say: when this stuff is happening to me, all I can think of is breaking not just that dish but every dish in the house, TWICE if that were possible. Because for all I try to look at this intellectually, I am still human and it still hurts being so defeated by something as small as fricking dishes.
Yet through the magic of LBD, that happens in a down phase and when in the next up phase I can recognize everything that happened and in most cases, actually laugh at myself. Thats why I have no problem posting this; I am up now (now high or anything just not brain-dead; I will post like that later and you can see the difference) and frankly the absurdity of me trying to get through dishes without wiping out the kitchen just struck me as funny as hell, to the point I had to shut off the water and sit down for a few.
Now the dishes are done-ish, I am chilling and the laughter has subsided, and I think I realized something. Maybe THIS is a nice power to have, a weapon against the coming gloom, the ability to laugh are the unique absurdities that life has clearly set aside, just for you, trainee. Sorry, old Army Basic training thing. Anyhoo, this is why I can still laugh at things and I think it is good. Good for me anyhow. To paraphrase the great sages of the Grateful Dead, if I am going to hell in a hand-basket, I might as well enjoy the ride.