Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Life As We Know It

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

"Life is full of misery, loneliness and suffering - and it's all over much too soon." Woody Allen

"Life is just a bowl of pits." Rodney Dangerfield

"Life is hard, and then you die." I disagree.

My dad had a stroke in November. Because of the love and faith and attention of his wife and daughter and son, he has regained enough of his capacities that he came home over the weekend. That has been the goal all along, that he would come home to see the Christmas tree that was put up in his absence. It is a miracle, if hard work and steady exercise and excellent therapy and constant desire are a miracle, and a cause for rejoicing.

Now that he's home, there are new challenges. Rooms and walls modified. Ramps built. Beds moved. Bathroom adventures. Getting dressed for the day seems to take all day. It is difficult for everyone, stressful and frustrating and we wouldn't trade it for all the esses in Mississippi. We are so glad to have him back where he belongs.

Life isn't, as Roshi said, "like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink." Life is, like someone said, better spend dancing in the rain rather than waiting for the storms to pass.


  1. You are beautiful people. What an honor it is to care for aging parents who cared for you when you were young.

  2. I'm crying. Just to see Dale and Libby together, just to know that he is home, just to know..........

    love and hugs,

  3. Please express my heartfelt wishes to Kelly as she goes through this new journey. Your constant support to her is an inspiration to all of who have come to know of her through her wonderful blog. Elizabeth

  4. wow. my heart goes out to you. My father was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 and the fight was not fair or fun. His life and our lives changed in and instant. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    Thanks for stopping by and I love that you are still greaet friends with Penny! I have no doubt Mia and Kate will be friends for a very long time. thecoolkidsblog.com

  5. SO true!!! Your post touched my heart! Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration! Hugs to you!

  6. I have so much respect for family members that take on a sick family member, rather then those that ship them off somewhere {and I say that to those who COULD take care of them but decided not}. It is a lot of love and faith that goes into that decision. I wish you both many more loving memories with your loved ones over many more years.

    thanks for linking up!

  7. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. What lovely families you both have!