The Last Best Place on Earth

For Dad, it’s Alive Hospice, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Nashville facility was full and the admissions nurse so determined that Dad needed to be there that she sent him to the Murfreesboro campus at midnight Friday. Daddy rests in a large room halfway between the nurse’s desk and a family room containing comfortable chairs, recliners, andContinue reading “The Last Best Place on Earth”

Trying hard to leave.

My daddy hovers, sometimes thrashes, naked, his mind somewhere along an invisible jagged line between his tiny spot of time and space on earth and the ultimate reality of Infinity. His heart beats so fast sometimes that we fear stroke. Doctors get his heart rate down and his blood pressure goes up. Get the bloodContinue reading “Trying hard to leave.”

Ins and Outs, Part 1

I have two mental lists of “Things that indicate that I’m old”—even though I’m not. Old. List #1-Visible Signs: Chin hairs. Need I say more? Wrinkles. I don’t have many, though—because I am plump. The way I get up out of a chair after sitting for a while. I tend to walk like Fred SanfordContinue reading “Ins and Outs, Part 1”

The Old Folks Go on Vacation

Mom and Dad are going to Nevada on Saturday and they’ll be gone for three weeks. I find that I am sad—not exactly worried, or anxious, but just sad to see them go, sad to wonder “What if they don’t come back?” I remember having the same wigglies in my stomach and gnawing in myContinue reading “The Old Folks Go on Vacation”