THE MEANING OF BIRTHDAYS

FIRST – ABOUT MY FATHER

As birthdays are a time to celebrate an individual, I’d like to write about my father, whose birthday is coming up on June 4 – a day I always honor and remember. He passed in 2001 at 79 years of age after twenty years of heart problems (two bypasses, carotid artery surgery on both sides, a pacemaker and multiple hospital stays). His leaving was a blessing and relief for him. He had been in hospital with the threat of death so often in the last five years of his life, we had prepared and grieved so when it happened, we all – including him – had been through the worst. Read More