Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life. I look after my dad who is 82, with the Rectory Wife in a major supporting role! He is living in a Sheltered Housing complex across from my church building. Lately things have been getting worse, and as his drinking levels rise, (this is no secret), so has his anger, behaviour and unacceptable actions.
Staff members are being abused verbally, and one young lass had to stave off lewd suggestions, poor girl. He won't get dressed or do anything, until he needs another bottle, then he'll make the effort to go up to the High Street. He's not eating and says he can't afford the food. He also hates, loathes and detests Dumbarton.
Yesterday I was very firm with him and told him that he had to eat and if he didn't drink so much he could afford the best of food. He also had to change his behaviour, and I questioned him about Â£100 which had gone missing. He punched me several times in the face as a result. My face is still swollen and bruised.
Two confessions, my readers. This priest reacted by throwing his glass of whisky over him and stalking out.
The second is no better. I just needed a cigarette to calm me down a bit. So, I smoked a whole pack yesterday. Can I be forgiven for both, and start again today? I'll reset my counter!
Prayers and support, please!