Carolina Wren / oil on black canvas/ 4x12 / $88, including shipping
MY DAD IS 92, and right now, is in the hospital in Tucson. He has aspiration pneumonia - not covid, according to four covid tests, all of which have been negative.
Sunday, he was doing better, sitting up, watching football. Today, he can't swallow.
He is 92, and before this, was doing well. A couple days pre-pneumonia, he and his wife went out and walked a mile, and Dad said he was feeling great. Pain that had plagued him for the past few months had gone away, the day was beautiful and he was happy.
He has had a good life, and neither he nor Paula, not any of us, is ready for it to be over. Who among us ever is? I am concentrating on how strong he is, what good genes he has, how remarkable his optimism and resilience are, and how he cherishes his life and his wife.
So, think a good thought, say a small prayer, hold your loved ones close and live every moment as fully and richly as you can.
"Life isn't about getting and having; it's about giving and being."
- Kevin Kruse