June 21, 2010



When dad was in the nursing home, for rehab,

I would stay long hours with him.

When he finally started feeling well enough to leave his room

we would "bust him out"

you know, like he was a prisoner.


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I wheeled him out the front doors and around the parking lot


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then, I smuggled in a diet Pepsi for him

(that explains the "I'm stickin' it to the man" look on his face)


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truth be told, there was a soda machine right there in the facility,
but somehow, dad felt like he was getting away with a misdemeanor
when he was drinking that pepsi



On this day, Dad, Jenny and I sat outside, talked, and watched the sun go down.
The staff finally came out to let us know they were locking up for the night;
it was great.


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Thanks to my sis, Jen for taking these photos;
I didn't pack my camera.
on purpose.
I'd just had it with sickness and funerals.



Those were precious days with dad.
We shared meals and took walks, had long talks and said prayers.
I got to see my dad's spirit during those visits;
he is an honorable, kind, forgiving, generous man.

I am so very thankful to still have my dad to wish Happy Father's Day to.

Such a blessing




5 comments:

Brittany said...

What a sweet time you guys had together in Fresno. I understand not wanting to take pictures but I'm glad Jenny snapped a few, those are special shots that really capture your emotions and the events. I love grandpa and am so glad he's doing well.

Stefanie said...

So sweet.

Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian said...

I so agree that dad is an honorable, kind, forgiving, generous man...it was so special to spend that time with him and you, Diane.

Steve said...

Long Live Richard!
Long Live Richard!
I must ad healthy to that chant.
Chloe and I really missed you, but seeing these pictures I know it was just the right thing for you to do, being with him.

Lynnie said...

Another display of how your family loves one another.

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