Caregiving Oscars

red_carpetIn honor of the 85th Academy Awards broadcasting tonight, I decided to come up with some awards of my own.

The Oscars of Caregiving.

There are many categories, so many great winners anticipated… and don’t the nominees all look lovely in their evening finest as they walk the purple carpet.

Best Director, Producer, Writer: @Denise. This was the one category which was relatively easy to award.  I’m still of the impression that there are actually a team of 20 Denises working furiously around the clocking answering questions, commenting on posts, attending events, developing content, chatting, speaking, doing everything but eating and sleeping. Maybe she’s discovered the secret to cloning. Denise (et al) are you guys holding out on us?

I can neither confirm nor deny rumors to the effect that the academy is developing a new Lifetime Achievement award specifically for Denise.

Best Actor, Actress in Caregiving situation: The nominees are all of our caregivees. Week in and week out, day after day you chronicle the highs and lows, the amazing and the absurd. In a stark break with Hollywood, all of them are winners. I don’t normally subscribe to the notion that every player gets a trophy, but in this case it is truly deserving.

Best Supporting Actor, Actress in a Caregiving situation: All of you. To single out any one person would be a gross miscarriage of the irreplaceable contribution all of you do. Having a loved one, significant; caring for that loved one, standing in the gap, being there when others have fallen by the way side or worse never taken up the baton, caring even when they can’t reciprocate in kind, priceless.

Best Online Resource for a Caregiver.  Another no brainer, @gail nailed it with her post Taking Care of Mom in which she said one of best answers we can give to the continually asked question, “What are you doing for yourself?”;  we can say “I participate on”

Don’t think I’ve been self modest. I gave myself an award too.

Best Key Grip, or Gaffer:  Jo. Have no idea that those positions are, but they’re in every movie and they just sound cool.

“I’d like to thank the academy, my agent and most of all my parents who always believed I had what it took be a Gaffer.”

Acceptance speeches (comments) may be entered below but if you start to hear music playing in the background… you’ve gone too long, get off the stage!

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6 Comments on "Caregiving Oscars"

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Feb 24, 2013

Dear @Jo, thank you for this humorous blog! I think it is so creative! You indeed need to get the Gaffer award! (Albeit I too have no clue what that is!) I was crying I was laughing out loud so hard!
Yes! @Denise must be cloned indeed! And this is where I “go with my gut” here! You are sooo right @Jo!
And as I mentioned? We take care of ourselves here at! Who or where else could we get this self-affirmation?
{{HUGS}} You @Jo get the creativity blog award!

Feb 24, 2013

OH MY GOSH!!!! I’ve always wanted to win an Oscar so can’t believe my dream has come true! I wasn’t expecting this at all but let me pull out this sheet of paper from my unmentionables and I’ll thank everyone . . .

First, Thank you Harvey Weinstein … oh wait. Wrong speech.

Okay, thank you to @Jo for the nomination. Your nominations were truly delightful to read. I also would like to thank @Denise who is the best director/supporter/producer/writer/creator of anyone could hope for.

I also have to thank all the other caregivers in every category for their wisdom, their willingness to share their wisdom and their ability to make me laugh every day.

Thank you for the award, I will cherish it forever! :-)

P.S.: @Jo, a gaffer is an electrician which is perfect for you because you light up these pages. <3

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Feb 24, 2013

Oh, this makes me laugh! I love it!

Thank you!!

And, it is just me. But, then it isn’t. Because all of you help me. :)

Congrats on your win, Jo!! You’re the best gaffer I could ever hope to meet.

And, congrats to all the winners on your well-deserved recognition.

P.S. @trish – I LOVE your comment about Jo. He does so light up our pages and our hearts. :)

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Feb 24, 2013

*Squeals of delight while stumbling up the stairs to the podium in her 15ft high silver glitter shoes!!

OH!! I’d like to thank the academy for this auspicious award!
Jo, Trish was indeed correct, you are the BEST gaffer. You bring so much shear joy to the pages. Thank you!

And Denise, I can’t think of anyone better qualified for that award. I appreciate you giving us all a safe place to run lines off of each other thus allowing us to be better caregivers.

And to all of the rest of the best of the best. Congratulations to us all!!

Now will someone help me back off the stage before I break an ankle?

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Feb 24, 2013

*scurries up to the stage in flats and Bjork’s swan dress (as worn by Ellen DeGeneres) to help @Kathy back down the stairs*

I would like to thank the academy for Being There. I would like to thank @Denise for making the academy possible — and @Jo for lighting up our world — and every single caregiver here for doing the impossible without the benefit of FX and improvising when there’s no script. Congratulations and (((Big Hugs))) to all! 😀