Friday, March 18, 2016

Thinking About my Life and MS - Era 1 - 1957 to 1968

Thinking About my Life and MS

As one can likely imagine my being diagnosed with MS in 2000 came as a bit of a surprise and not all that pleasant of one.  Interestingly, however, it also marked the end of one era of my life and the beginning of the next which was to be the best.

The first era of Will - The Years of Blissful Ignorance

This was the era of blissful ignorance from birth to age 10.  I lived in North Dakota with my single mother and her parents.  My mother had divorced my birth father shortly after I was born due to circumstances that I have never really asked her about.  Maybe I should be more interested in what happened, and in my birth father, but I never have been and I don't see starting now!

In any case this was a happy time.  Grandma and Grandpa were both rocks.  Grandpa taught me to shoot, took me for long walks in the badlands of ND, and was the father that I did not have (and have not had since).  Grandma was the boss.  She was also a hell of a good baker.   There was also Uncle Stan and Aunt Patty out on the farm with cousins John and Mary.   Many a good time there as well. Once in a while the West Coast Fishers would visit and add Uncle Donnie and Aunt Ruth, and Cousins Rich and Donna, to the mix.  Still more good times.

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