Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lily's Dad part 5

Lily's dad had another heart attack. They rushed him to the hospital and took care of him immediately. Right now, he's stable, but Lily is freaking out, understandably. I want to go to Winnipeg to be with her, but I can't abandon all of my jobs to comfort a friend. Can I?

I want to tell her that everything will be ok, but this is his third heart attack right after his second. Everything is not ok. His body is screaming at him that everything is definitely not ok.

Part of me wants to quit everything and get on the next flight. There's nothing I can do for her father, but at least I could be there for her. Another part of me realizes that I might not have any jobs when I come back. I could ditch the play. That's no big deal. They can replace me in a second. But I need Disney for my visa and leaving them shorthanded at the busiest time of the year isn't very nice. The holiday puts more strain on everyone. Lily put even more strain on a few people by leaving without any notice. If I left, I'd only add to all of that.

Then again, am I only rationalizing my fear of leaving? I know that going to Winnipeg is the right thing to do. I also know that staying here and fulfilling contractual obligations is the right thing to do.

The best possible outcome here is if Lily calls me and says her dad is great and they're sending him home. She'd still be worried, of course, but at least she could worry at home instead of in a hospital room.


  1. I know your heart is in the right place, but to be honest, to go over there might add an extra burden to your friend that you might not have considered. She might have to spend time to pick you up from the airport, feed and house you, maybe even feel obligated to take you around sightseeing a bit and hang out with you.

    I think letting her and her family handle the situation is probably the best thing to do right now, even though you may wish you could help out even more than you have already.

  2. Lily would definitely want to play tour guide, but I'm going to stay put for now. There's really nothing I can do to help anyone and I'd just be in the way.


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