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    July 10, 2008



    When I gave up on finding anything "appropriate" to say to this post, I was left with: I hope you're having a glorious golf game today. So there you go. And there's a hug in there somewhere, too.


    Thanks, Nils. And like Susie, I hope you're having a good day today.


    Thanks for being the Wordsmith, you have put into words exactly how I feel about my parents and their current situation. Every discriptive paragraph brings up both the good and sometimes not so good moments of being the oldest of such a large family. "LOVE"

    Rob Paterson

    Oh Nils - it's hard at the end. A few years back, my father in law had broken his hip - but really his will to live. I was off to France to Vimy and I went to see him knowing that I would never see him again. As I walked down the hall of the QEH, I was rehearsing the significant things I would say.

    But when I got to his room - his only priority was that he needed to have a poo. All my time was spent in trying to get help. My last view of him was blocked by a big nurse snapping on rubber gloves.

    He was a very private man and this was I think less embarrassing than had I been able to tell him how much I loved him.

    I wonder what it will be like for us when we have reached that time?

    Big hugs

    Bucky Four-Eyes

    No guilt, no unresolved issues...nothing will make this easy, but those things will at least make the inevitable a little less jagged. And yeah - there aren't too many jobs that are more important than what Andrea is doing.

    (Your mom is a gang leader! I knew I liked her...)


    Words fail me right now, Nils. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, including, of course, your parents.



    I'll just stand with the others here who say there is no appropriate response to this post, other than to send you *HUGS*


    Words fail me too. You have the most amazing gift in being able to write as you do and my heart is breaking a little for you right now. Hugs seem so inadequate, but they're all I have, so hugs from me too.


    Evidently your ploy is working -- geez, you could teach the world to sing in perfect harmony what with all the hugs flying around in here! ;)

    You already know what I'd say, b/c I've already said it. This is an impossibly difficult experience, you're going to be okay even so, and I'm here if there's anything I can do. Oh... what the hell, here's a hug. You may as well have one from me too, since you're starting such a comprehensive collection. :)


    I'm here.


    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Your dad did good.

    Three Wandering Kleptomaniacs would be an awesome title to a movie or a book or Band name for that matter.


    Bucky advised me not to read this at work. She was right, tears in my eyes now.

    This was a beautiful post. I loved the reprinting of the Dave Barry article. I'm glad that you could find some small comfort in his words.

    Love and hugs.


    ohh nils.
    this shoulda come with a 2-kleenex warning... i dont have any words of comfort or consolation. oddly enough, i started to feel a little envious that your dad is in his 80s and you have had him so long... [my dad was 63 and i was 34 when he died] and then something snapped inside my heart that only whispered: They Are Never Here Long Enough...

    so i send you a lot of love...
    you will hold those last iloveyou's and hugs very dear to you forever...


    von Krankipantzen

    Ah crap. I'm sorry. I'm just no good at these life situations. Having the right thing to say and all. You are in my thoughts and, of course, I'm sending hugs and good vibes your way. No way around it. It just sucks.


    I am almost speechless and that is saying something because I often leave rambling comments.

    The circle of life is cool sometimes. Other times, not so much.

    Here is yet another *HUG*...

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