Single childhood can be stressful
Listen, I try my best, but as the single child of an aging Baby Boomer, it can be hard to juggle my daily responsibilities. I want to give my dad the quality time I know he needs, but sometimes I just need to plop him down on the couch and let him watch World War II documentaries on the Roku 2 for a few hours.
I know, I know. Experts say he should be outside, playing Scrabble with his peers, but life can get so hectic and I need a reprieve from taking care of him. So I find some History Channel special on the Luftwaffe or something (he'll watch the same one over and over, it doesn't matter) and take a little "me time."
It's a little weird to watch his eyes just totally glaze over as the old newsreel footage starts playing, but he seems really engaged with it. The Roku 2's remote even has a headphone jack, so he can sit quietly on the couch for a few hours while I read or exercise and it doesn't even bother me.
Of course, whenever I try to turn off his program he throws a fit, but I can usually calm him down with a few Werther's Original hard candies. I know, I know, it's not great to give him sugar at this age, but I'm trying my best, OK?