Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Just over a week ago, my sister Anne and I met in Nashville to visit our dad.
(You might remember this post.)
He's officially under Hospice care, though we've come to learn this can mean many things.
It can mean that our goodbye won't happen for some time.
Dad still knows us, and he's a favorite among the nurses and attendants.
Though requiring a high level of care, Dad is still witty and conversational.
However, dementia is causing his mind to take detours.
It's at times funny, but also sad.
It can be mentally and emotionally exhausting to carry on a conversation
that has no logical conclusion.

My step-mom Sally visits Dad daily and shares a meal.
After many years of a fulfilling life together, this can't be easy for Sally.
One of his attendants, a special lady named Lisa,
takes Dad on strolls and out for fresh air.
She gives him extra companionship and attention.
We're so thankful for Sally and Lisa.

Regretfully, I don't think I spent enough time with Dad in recent years.
If you still have your parents, love them. Spend time together. Honor them.
Because someday everything could change. 

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