Friday, August 14, 2009

Reason to Celebrate

Last week Saturday, my Aunt and Uncle had a birthday party for my Dad. His birthday isn't until the 22nd, but my Aunt wanted to have it as soon as possible. 82! It's hard to believe.
Family and friends filled my Aunt and Uncle's house. I have never heard so many "I love yous". It was wonderful! When it was over, my Dad was worn out. He slept well.
Over the course of the week, walking has become more difficult. He fell while my Aunt and the hospice nurse were there. Yesterday he went into the nursing home. I am grateful for that, knowing that he will have 24 hour care. Watching the cancer taking over his body has been so difficult. This once hard working, strong and independent man can't shave his own face. The changes that have taken place since he was diagnosed in late January, have been monumental.
I have learned to take nothing for granted. Each day is truly a gift. Saying "I love you", means so much. This experience has been difficult, yet so rich. I am learning to spend time with my feelings, letting my emotions run their course.

2 comments:

joanne said...

Chris...

this is another tender and beautiful post... what a wonderful celebration of your dad... so many monumental changes, yes... i remember when we first "met" and became blogging friends... you were so wanting to access and express yourself from a deeper place in your heart... and now to see words so beautifully and lovingly shared and flowing from that place of deep love for your dad is such a gift, and a lesson for all of us too... thank you for sharing his (and your) journey with your blogging friends...

sending hugs and prayers...

xo

jgr said...

Hi Chris,
I agree with everything Joanne said, what a lovely and heartfelt post. I felt much the same when my Mom had cancer: Every day every smile is a huge gift and a cherished memory. I'm sending you prayers and good thoughts.
p.s. Mom's birthday is Aug 22 too. She would have turned 85.