Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What’s Next

Just a few weeks ago, we thought Chuck’s Dad might be very near the end of his life. That’s what prompted our earlier than scheduled return visit to Greater Seattle. But Dad has continued to rally and have some good days in amongst the increasing number of lower and slower days. We are grateful that we have had these nearly two weeks with him. We are especially thankful that there was that one lovely moment when he knew who we were and was able to communicate that so clearly.

So it is with mixed emotions that we will be heading home later this week. We are looking forward to sleeping in our own bed; cooking our own food; tossing a load of laundry in without checking to see if there is a line in the hotel’s “Guest Laundry”. But our hearts will be heavy knowing this may well be the last time we see Dad before he passes. While no one has a crystal ball, in his final days, we wish Dad peace and comfort and dignity. And perhaps most importantly, the knowledge certain that all his life he acted out of love as he cared for his family and is loved in return.


dancingmorganmouse said...

Peace and comfort and dignity - that's all anyone could hope for really.

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Roo said...

I'm sure that with such support around him, each stolen day is a marvel for him.

Thoughts and best wishes :o) xx

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
I agree completely.
Many thanks...
- Lee

Hi Ronnie -
I owe you credit for the comfort and dignity part of the phrase. I realized as I fell asleep last night that those were your words from a comment last week. As you can see they resonated with us powerfully.
Many thanks...
- Lee

Hi Roo -
We know he is comfortable and at ease with his caregivers and with his visitors.
Chuck and I both appreciated the way you phrased these "stolen" days.
Many thanks...
- Lee