Off To See My Father, The Wonderful Father of Me

I am off to see my Father. He is 82 and has been living alone since my mother died almost three years ago. As a man primarily focused on working, he depended on my mother for her socializing influence. When she died, most of his social activity died with her and slowly he became completely alone, except for irregular interactions with his three children, since the closest is still 30 minutes away. So visiting had to be on purpose.

We are not sure whether his forgetfulness is approaching dementia or just the problems of being too much alone. You see, when someone spends a few days with him, he seems to remember everything just fine, as long as he is engaged. Whatever the problem, he doesn’t want to be alone any more, so my sister, her husband, and one son who is still in high school are going to move in with him. In order to do that, there is a lot of work that needs to be done on the old homestead, including a completely new kitchen and shared bathroom, along with new floors, windows and other necessary renovations and upgrades to a house built in the 60’s.

Having been a building contractor for close to twenty years before I changed my focus to writing, I am taking four to six weeks to help them get the work done prior to their moving in. As a result, my blogging will be lot less regular over that time period. This will give me a chance to spend some real time with my dad, as well as be an opportunity to get into a regular pattern of exercise—he power walks every day and is as physically fit a man as I have ever seen for his age. He plans on walking me into the ground. So be it and good for me.

Please keep my father and me in your prayers and remember me to that former carpenter from Nazareth as I try to resurrect my carpentry skills. Grace and peace.

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