Thursday, July 4, 2013

I Want You to Know Who He Was

Right now I'm sitting in my fathers room in the surgical ICU after surgery on him to drain blood from both sides of his brain. He's on life support and needs so much medical care and attention.

I watch these brave young people that are caring for my dad and I want to tell them who he was. I want to tell them that this is not just a sick old man that they are cleaning and checking vitals on. 




That this man was King of the Row Crop! A man that could grow any vegetable or fruit on earth just by the sheer power of his will and his intuitive knowledge of the earth and plants. I want to tell them ...I want to tell them, do you know who he was?

There is a quote from the movie with Richard Gere called Shall we Dance where the wife says, "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'." 




 I am a witness to your life dad. I know who you were. I know who you are. I know what you mean to me and to my siblings and to your grandchildren. Your life will not and did not go unnoticed. Get better daddy, I love you and need you. 


 

15 comments:

  1. Alicia, this is so heartfelt. I am praying for you dad. I can guarantee that he knows you are by his side at the hospital. Keep talking to him and by all means tell the nurses who your dad was/is.

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    1. Thank you JarieLyn, thank you for your prayers. He is still in and out but he knows who we are. It's still a long road to recovery but he's the strongest man I know and I have no doubt that he's going to be fine. Yesterday one of the nurses we had for him asked what he did and we could have talked all day long to her telling us who are dad was and what he accomplished.

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  2. Oh this just touches my heart. I so remember being in the same place with my dad. God Bless you all, you are in my prayers. Hugs, marty

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    1. Thank you Marty, it's difficult to see our daddys sick and in pain. In our little girl eyes they are still always our big strong daddys. Thank you for the prayers, they are so appreciated.

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  4. Alicia, your Dad knows you're there, witness to his life, standing by him through this hard time. Bless you. When I put down my iPhone I will say a prayer right away.

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    1. Thank you! It is so much appreciated. Everyone has been so kind and so many people have come by the hospital to show us their love and support. You are a doll!

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  5. Prayers for your dad and hugs to you. I've been there.

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    1. Thank you Grammy. So many people have told me stories about their dad and it really helps to know that at some point we all have to deal with this and we are not alone. Hugs to you!

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  6. I am so sorry to hear that your dad is in ICU. What an incredibly difficult thing you are going through now. Sending you a hug...(((Alicia))).

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Paula...it's been tough going for dad, but I believe with all my heart he's going to pull out of this and be just fine.

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  7. Alicia, what a lovely post both about your father and the sentiments of marriage. I think I told you once, I envy your father. That envy has grown again with this post. Your father has a most wonderful daughter.

    May your father get well soon, I will keep you both in my thoughts.

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    1. Thank you Sextant, from your fingers to Gods ears!

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  8. I've been through all this with both my parents and I know how hard it is. Hope God interferes and does the right miracle for your Dad. Keep strong, and God willing, you'll see him getting better.

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    1. Thank you DUTA, thank you for your prayers :)

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