posted on May 29, 2008 at 9:40 pm

despite my serious attempts at hedonism
the evil day has arrived
the clocks never stopped ticking them minutes away
even yesterday tho we still arguing
elli comes over and starts explaining to me
what a bohemian is
did you guys know that bohemians
(these days)
*avoid work
*smoke pot
*wear loose or floral clothing
*burn incense
*follow exotic eastern religions
*hang round in coffee shops
wow thanks elli for the lesson
no no no daddy
theres also these rich people
who are just pretending to be “bohos”
but are really the “straights”…
hmmm no kidding
well ya learn something new everyday
apparently the twillies rented a hotel room last nite
for their final sydney fling
apparently minna is quite smitten with someone
elli maybe too much in love with herself
to give her heart away
she has certainly taken my rampant egotism
and given it a 2008 girlie twist
both of them are stunningly beautiful
slim and svelte
the shape of the heads
their jawlines
the high cheekbones and
wide set apart eyes
i temper everything with the knowledge
they both still have syringomyelia
or however you spell it
elli has a tiny scar at the base of her head
i mustnt judge her too harshly
for her bubbly vivacious style
i never had a bloody big cyst pulled outta my head
when i was just 15
minnas is still there …being observed
they never talk about it
so i dont know how they feel
can i blame them for their need to “live it up”?
i just hope they dont fall into any of my old ways
attempting to do that
attempting to run from all the demons plaguing me
well drugs n drink never stop those demons
in fact they give em more momentum
they fuel the bastards
running from pain….ha ha ha
its a fucking fast runner , pain
it always outstrips ya in the end
blah blah
(sound of old rocker choking back a sob)
at 4pm today
the australian experiment is over
not only that
but scarlet adores karin jansson now like an aunty
we cant walk up the street where they were living for a while
of course in many ways scarlet looks like a little elli
so it wasnt hard for karin to get sucked in
but theyve struck up a wonderful friendship
and scarlet gets so excited to see her
oh boy its gonna be real tough
it aint gonna be easy
no no no
they turn seventeen next week
as my mothers husband said when he first saw em
after they arrived last year
in his coventry accent
“all the boys in sweden are having a year off, are they?”
boys in sweden
the year is up
get ready
the twillies are back!

just treat em good….ok?

18 Responses to “twillies exeunt”

  1. avatar
    Polydora | 29 May 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    “in fact they give em more momentum
    they fuel the bastards
    running from pain….ha ha ha
    its a fucking fast runner , pain
    it always outstrips ya in the end
    blah blah
    (sound of old rocker choking back a sob)

    Shite, that one had me nearly in tears (gulp!).

  2. avatar
    princey | 29 May 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Aw, I can imagine how sad you all feel today sk, no point holding back the tears, just let them flow, you’ll feel better sk. Whenever rellies from Greece come to visit, I always dread the International Departure gate when they leave, I end up bawling my eyes out, even by just watching other families hugging and saying goodbye. Make sure you and the girls take a big box of tissues and let it all out, and always remember sk, you WILL see them beautiful beings again. 🙂

    Take care and love always,

  3. avatar
    kat | 30 May 2008 at 12:09 am #

    its hard seeing ’em grow up, but the twillies love ya. and leave you wondering ;]

  4. avatar
    Celticat | 30 May 2008 at 12:37 am #

    I’m thinking of you today Steve – wish you didn’t have to say goodbye to your girls.


  5. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 May 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Sweeden is a great place to live. Much more peaceful and unified than the USA !

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 May 2008 at 1:15 am #

    your girls will miss you as much as you will miss them. and scarlet will be ok after karin leaves.

    17? wow. they grow up fast, don’t they?

    lotza love….

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    Lebrinho | 30 May 2008 at 7:16 am #

    The Bohemians were rowdy celts doing exactly that.

    US vs. Sweden ?

    Did anyone notice when Osama Bin Laden said:
    “If we’d want to attack freedom, we would attack Sweden..?”

    The guy is a criminal, but that was good rhetoric.

    At least the republicans are better in Sweden ; )

  8. avatar
    Melby Symon | 30 May 2008 at 8:28 am #

    a sad day sk, but you still have 4 other lovely girls to focus your attention on. Cope thoughts are with you.

  9. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 May 2008 at 10:50 am #

    oh steve i feel for you…hurts, ay…
    love always…

  10. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 30 May 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    “All the boys in Sweden are having a year off, are they?”

    That’s sweet, and I’ll bet Minna and Elli loved that comment, too.

    Well, swedish girls are lovely, I can testify to that.

    Wish you’d written more about their stay in Australia, though. I wonder what they think about The Church.

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    CSTCoach | 30 May 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    ahh, a melancholy day. will be thinking of ya. Glad you got your sweden-ozzie year.

    do any of your girls read the blogge, or are you underappreicated in your own castle, as we all are?

  12. avatar
    davem | 30 May 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    My thoughts are with you esskay.
    How about a Chrunch Spring tour of Europe including a couple of days in Sweden for you and Marty?? Oh, go on!!!!!

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 30 May 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    no glib comments today…
    just dropping in to wish you all well.
    andy L.

  14. avatar
    Cee | 30 May 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    Un abrazo a ti y a tus hijitas.

    Diles a tus hijas mayores que no te hagan abuelo hasta dentro de 10 años o mas!

    Love ya, Esteban

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    John | 30 May 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    I have a daughter arriving in a matter of days now.

    I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but will SOMEONE tell me how to reign girls in?

    I didn’t know any when I was a teenager. I was the depressed-loser type.

    Any daughterly advice welcome.

    Also, I could pretend to see it from your point of view SK; seeing them off and being sad about it. But I won’t know what it’s like until it truly happens to me.


  16. avatar
    Polydora | 30 May 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    John — Reign them in?

    I don’t know if there is such a way.

    I was a precocious teen. Too precocious for my mum, so she kicked me out. Thankfully my father eventually took me in. His tactic was completely different from my mother’s. He preferred responsibility and open communication to corporal punishment.

    As long as I was responsible–i.e., communicated where I was going, who who I was going with, and how long I would be there etc.–and honest, I had free reign. My pops, bless him, gave me nearly 100% control over my own life. I was responsible for myself, and personally that’s what I needed. Freedom comes with responsibility; that I could accept. What I couldn’t accept were any attempts to thwart or deny me my freedom.

    So if they’re old enough (I was 15), I might suggest giving them the reigns to drive their chariot, and let them exercise their free will, but with the expectation that they do so responsibly.

    Just a thought.

    When I did slip up, my father talked things through with me rather than smack me around; and that did a world of good too.

    I always responded exceedingly well to high expectations when placed alongside the freedom to explore and experience “life” as I wished. The other approach, such as my mum’s, which included caging me in and sundry attempts to deny me access to and ownership of myself, only bred violence and rebellion.

    I don’t recommend it.

  17. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 31 May 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Precious girls. You will be together sooner than you think. Clearly you are all one big family now – beautifully done.


  18. avatar
    Polydora | 1 June 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    oh, shoot, John G. I didn’t realize you were talking of an infant!!!!

    Aw… daughters are jewels! You got nothing to worry about!!!!

    many blessings…

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