However I thought I'd let you know how things were progressing with my dad. Things seem to be going well. There's a dialogue again and it's great... it's a real relief.
I received numerous Christmas cards this week but one of them really stood out. It was from my paternal grandmother (my dad's mother), someone else I haven't spoken too in years (because I pretty much cut ties with that entire side of the family) and it had a two page letter in it and a check for $100. ??!!
OK, let me stress that I did *not* resume speaking to my dad just because it was December and I was trying to weasel out extra Christmas gifts. In truth I did not expect this or the gift that my dad sent me. I started speaking to him again because I'm getting married in five months and we're sending out invitations soon, so it was down to the wire to decide whether I wanted to invite him. I do, and I will.