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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grieving Dad

I’ve found myself thinking about Dad a lot more than usual the last couple days.  I’ll be at work doing paperwork and then be reminded that he is lying in the hospital and not aware for the most part what is going on around him and fighting for his life.  I’m not sure that he is fighting to keep his injuries from killing him but in this case he is fighting to have a conscious life.  To overcome his injuries so that he can participate in life and not just survive this accident. 

I think about some of the things we’ve done together in the past.  I realized that much of what he and I enjoyed together had to do with eating and playing cribbage or both at the same time.  There are lots of places we have been to eat.  As a matter of fact the last time we were out there in November we went to the Keys restaurant in downtown White Bear Lake and enjoyed breakfast together.  That might have been the first time that Lisa and I took him out to eat instead of the other way around.  Most recently in his weekly email he mentioned that he had found a German Restaurant that he enjoyed and a dish that was one he had last had in Munich.  I thought to ask him when and what he was doing in Munich but didn’t and so I don’t know, and maybe never will.  I did write him a quick email and say I would really like to go to that German Restaurant with him on our next trip out as there haven’t German Restaurants in our area for several years and I love German food.  He agreed we would have to do that.  That likely won’t happen now, at least not for a long time.  He may well not remember that restaurant after his fall. 

Grieving is such an interesting thing.  A person doesn’t have to die for us to grieve them.  We can already miss aspects of our relationship with them as life and age or accident or just change takes those parts away.  I miss these things and fear that we will never enjoy them like we have done for the past many years. 

Grief is not a terrible or harmful thing but rather is the human way of adjusting to changing circumstances that require that we modify ourselves to a new reality or at least prepare for a possible new reality.  It requires changing our expectations and maybe finding pleasure in new or simpler things.  I can do it; I can grieve for Dad and the loss of old times…but not with a smile.  L

1 comment:

  1. i have been thinking of memories with grandpa too - when he took me and mike out to eat at a mongolian grill place after he took me to the doctor's office and paid for my visit since i didn't have insurance. it was so nice that he offered to do that!! i remember working over at their house throughout the summer to make some extra money - grandpa always gave us a little more money than we had agreed on or gave us money to go get lunch before we needed to go to work :) how thoughtful. i really remember the morning that we were over there and told g-ma and him that mike and i had decided to get married. grandpa was sooo happy and excited for us! he quit feeding grandma and turned around in happy surprise and jumped right up and gave us big hugs!!! i love that memory :) i think of all the reactions to that announcement that i got to observe, his was my favorite :) i also remember from when i was a little kid the time that grandpa took me to a water park. we went down one slide and i got scared so all i wanted to do the rest of the time was drink capri suns haha. it actually ended up that there was a huge hailstorm while we were there so we spent most of the time under the pavilion doing just that.

    there are so many reasons i'm glad i moved to minnesota, and one of those in definitely that i got to spend more time with our family here - particularly grandpa. i'm grateful for the memories i've been able to make with him in the last several months :) i can't grieve with a smile either, dad. it's too hard :(


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