The phone rang late last night with news that my dad is in the hospital. I visit him each Sunday and have noticed how extremely tired he has been. Water is surrounding his lungs and his liver isn't functioning properly. It has been a really difficult 1-1/2 years watching my dad's health decline.
I felt like an orphan when his mind started to go. I was no longer the child but now the adult in my relationship with my dad. His personality has changed. He went from being my rock - so solid, so capable, and at times intense with his perfectionism. Now he is sweet and child-like, very soft. He struggles each day to know what day it is and I can see how nervous and agitated it makes him. I call him each day to hear how his day is. The conversation moves slowly. Long gone are the days when I would be drilled with questions. Now I patiently listen. I'm always positive, no matter what, and I find ways to make him laugh. I never forget to tell him how much I love him.
The images in this post come from my SoulCollage® deck. I have found SoulCollage® to be a helpful process to work through my feelings visually. If you are curious about SoulCollage® check out my True North Arts blog post, HERE.
Kathryn, Collage Diva