Sunday, June 12, 2011

OLD AGE IS NEVER EASY


Just weeks away from Father's Day, my Dad struggles to keep his strength. His Pulmonary Fibrosis is taking a toll on him and his decline has been fast and furious over the last two weeks. He was lucky enough to have a doctor who was willing to give him an experimental drug that allowed him a few more years to build memories with his family. For those who are familiar with the disease, it often takes hold quickly and life expectancy is short. He has lost so much weight and he sleeps most of the time. His voice, though never "booming", sounds weak at best.
My daughter wanted to take a picture of them together. Children often "sense" things. I think she knew this might be the last picture she had of him. He smiles when he sees her, and she is not afraid to go over and give him a kiss or hug.
She is so happy with her picture. And, though his fragile frame tugs at my heart, I am glad I took the picture for her.

4 comments:

  1. Kids are so wonderful. When do we lose that ability to connect like she is? That's really a wonderful photo, Cyndi. Wishing you strength through this. I know it's not easy for any of you. Big hugs - xoxo Pam

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  2. Hi Cyndi, I'm sorry your dads not well.. No it is not easy for anyone to deal with old age. YOu daughter looks so sweet. Some kids are afraid to be around the elderly, which is sad. but I can see she loves her grandfather.
    I hope you have a good week and that he does too. (((hugs)))
    vivian

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  3. God's Blessings during this trying time.

    Jill

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  4. Thanks Ladies! I appreciate all your caring words.

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