Summer of Dad

Technically, summer as a season is defined as being from June 1st through August 31st.  Or in holiday terms, Memorial Day kicks off the start of summer while Labor Day marks the end of those carefree days.

I decided to define this summer as beginning April 22nd when Dad went into hospice care, and ending September 17th when my regularly scheduled visits will most probably cease (the key term here being: regularly scheduled).

On all fronts, this Summer of Dad has been cathartic, healing and fun.

On all fronts, this Summer of Dad is nearing its end.

note: the day before I was slated to return to SC from my third ‘scheduled’ visit with Dad in CO, he suffered a mini-stroke causing a paradigm shift in his state of decline. This piece was written several weeks ago and was to be pubbed sooner, but internet issues prevented that from occurring.  I think it still speaks a gentle message so I am passing it on while I have a snippet of secure internet access.

18 thoughts on “Summer of Dad

  1. Janis

    I know it’s so very hard, but also such a blessing to be able to go through this with your dad. I miss my father every day and am so grateful that I was able to be by his side as he declined and needed me to do more and more for him. I considered it an honor, as I’m sure you do to.

  2. Lulu

    You, your dad, and your family are in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers. Your sharing of such a private and personal journey is a beautiful blessing. Thank you.

  3. Linda W.

    Oh Laura. I’m praying for your family. So sorry about your dad’s stroke. Praying for strength for you and your family.

  4. Anna Scott Graham

    Thank you for this, for many reasons, mostly in knowing what to pray for you and your family. May this summer of Dad return in kind spirit and much love whenever you need it. Thinking of you all….


  5. Booker

    Peace to you and your entire family during this time of transition. So glad you are able to be with your Dad during this time.


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