The Light in Her Eyes

| August 5, 2013

Yesterday we brought our two older boys to see grandma Jean. They were not enthusiastic, they’ve never really known her except for some brief visits where she would ask them how old they were and comment on how big they’ve grown. But they do know that she is their last living great grandparent and they [...]

In Paradise with Dad

| April 7, 2013

Why wasn’t dad going to his only son’s wedding? Then we won’t need to drive three extra hours to see him after flying for five hours. Does he not care any more about his family? Those were some thoughts that went through my mind before the trip. These were judgements and accusations stemming from my [...]

Goodbye Grandpa Frank

| April 16, 2012

I walked in with Cameron, his maternal Grandfather laying on a slightly reclined bed, his eyes closed and mouth open. I had just arrived from Eugene. The nurse gently touched his head and felt his pulse. They gave me a look that said, there’s not much time left. They took Grandma out of the room. [...]

Standing at the Gateway of Life and Death

| April 16, 2012

My husband’s maternal grandfather was said to have only days to live as he had not drank or eaten for some time. My husband decided to go visit him in midweek. After we announced it to the children at dinner, Clayon (7) asked if he could go too. Cameron and I said we would talk [...]