Judging by my inbox, I'm sure you've all noticed my unexpected absence on DA these past few months. I don't normally like to talk about my personal life online (don't even have a FaceBook IRL), but I feel you all deserve to know what spirited me away.
My grandpa fell very ill very suddenly. It began with a stroke, and then it evolved into full-blown dementia. My family and I were there with him these past few months to settle his affairs and to help my grandma move out of their home of 52 years and in with my aunt. I don't live close any more, so that meant a lot of long days and a lot of driving.
It's been exhausting. I'm sure everyone who's lost a relative to dementia knows this. I think the most frustrating part of it all was watching him fade over these past few months, getting worse and worse, and knowing he wouldn't have a quick, peaceful passing. It's still hard to see how this hurts my grandma -- she's known him since she was 14 years old.
He died last week surrounded by his family, and we buried him on Tuesday. I'm upset, but I'm happy that he's not suffering any more. It was just so, so bad. My heart goes out to all of you who may have someone in your life suffering like this, too.
On a happier note, I'm ready to get back into my lifestyle now that my grandma is settled in with the best aunt ever.
I literally have not drawn once during this entire ordeal, so I'm horribly out of practice. To get back into things, I wanted to reconnect with everyone. I thought a request poll would be a good way to start.
Vote for what you'd like to see here: [Click link]
If you've left me a comment while I've been away, thank you. I can't go through everything, so if you had something you needed to discuss with me please send me a new message or note now.
Take care, everyone. See you soon.