Today, my husband and I were able to get dad over to “his” house on “his” lake. He had a wonderful time! Dad has spent the last three years in assisted living and now a nursing home. It’s difficult for him and for us. Each year I’ve been able to bring him to his home on Memorial Day. Today’s weather was perfect for sitting on the deck and listening to the birds. Dad spent 30+ years in that home. As a military guy, that’s the longest he’s ever lived in one house. He bought the property in 1964 and had the house built in the early 70’s. He retired after 40 years in the Army and moved into the house (with my mom) in 1974.
Dad is not an “independent walker” any more and there are steps getting into the house and more to get onto the deck. It’s not easy but we did it and had a great time sitting together.
It’s an awesome privilege to be able to give my dad some happiness and joy at this time of his life.
The house is rented for most of the summer (yay, it pays the property taxes). Family members will be there some of the time and we’ll be able to get dad to his house several times during the summer during family stays.