(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)
Last month marked the 85th anniversary of my father’s birth day. He wasn’t physically with us for Evan’s graduation or wedding, but I have been thinking of him a lot as I consider how to honor his memory.
Dad hated that we had to make the house “handicapped accessible” with bars in the bathroom and a walk-in shower, but those accommodations meant that he was able to be independent at home. Dignity. Self-sufficiency.
Why was that important?
Dad fell and broke his hip. With his diabetes and his myopathy (and heart problems including a pacemaker), his recovery was slow. He needed therapy and care beyond what Mom could provide. Entering a nursing home was totally out of the question, but it was also the only solution. Dad’s goal was to work his way out as quickly as possible. He wasn’t always the “happiest camper” but he was willing to do “anything” that would get him out of there and back on his own two feet.
Absolutely, but also willing to work through the pain to meet his goal!
- The ability to stay until the purpose is accomplished.
- The ability to hang in there. (Read more at SOL 11: Challenges)
As I reflect on his life, I have even greater admiration for the way he achieved the goals that he desired. Thanks for your tenacity, Dad!