Tag Archives: Family & Friends

Poem: Honor

We come to honor our father, (Husband, grandfather),In this memorial. We honor his years of youth,Sewing the harvest of his adult years, Courting and marryingOur mother (grandmother),And pursuing the educationWhich would be the cornerstoneOf our family. We honor his young … Continue reading

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Poem: Dad Had A Good Life

Born, as he was,in the depressionand the world at war,he grew up without,and learned to make do. Family, friends, neighborsmake communities,and were the focusof his life,as a backgroundof stability and security. He came of agein the era of Americanprosperity and aspiration. … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Thanks Giving

thanks (n): an act or statement of gratitude giving (v): to offer an object to someone else This Thanksgiving season, I have been hearing al awful lot of grumbling. Those making such statements fall into two opposing groups. One grumbles … Continue reading

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The Window

Who is the that manin the window,Who rolls upin a wheelchair,Care-giver behind? We stand outside;he inside.The pane between us;masks concealingOur smiles,our whimpers. But, we wave,gesture hugs,Blow kissesto that manIn the window. Can he see us,through hisReflection fromthe inside? Can he … Continue reading

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Faith of Our Fathers (and Mothers)

Spending a week with one’s parents as they age, helping with meals, running errands, and keeping up with family and friends, walking alone from home to Dad’s assisted living facility twice each day, and waking up on East Coast time, … Continue reading

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Kindling the Fires of Friendship

On my last day with my mother (sorry, readers, I wrote this a week ago, but have not been on-line since getting home…), she wanted to visit a college friend, who lives a few towns north toward San Francisco.  The … Continue reading

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Merry-Go-Round

As I have mentioned in this series of posts, one of my objectives for this trip to visit my parents was to be my mother’s transportation for the days that I was at home.   She had decided to stop … Continue reading

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Expiration Date

Everything has an ending these days.  By the folklore of computer technology (e.g. built in obsolescence, 18 month life span, etc.) this computer has lived several lives since we purchased it for our trip to South Africa in 2012.  I noticed … Continue reading

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Generations Crossing

Our generation is called “The Sandwich Generation”, for the implied dual responsibilities of rearing children and caring for aging parents.  I had not pursued the former, and accepted the later as an eventual duty of a son for parents.  If … Continue reading

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Life in the Slow Lane

My older brother is my parents’ primary care provider these days.  According to our conversations, he has coffee and breakfast with our mother, then heads over to the assisted living facility where our father lives to sit with him during … Continue reading

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