My parents came for a week long visit the second week of September. I took them for a ride to Tekemah, Nebraska to visit the Master’s Hand store and have the world’s greatest cinnamon rolls. We also went down to Lincoln one day to tour the International Quilt Museum and to take a stroll around the Sunken Gardens. On a cooler morning we also walked around the OPPD Arboretum here in Omaha. They were even up to going to one of Rich’s softball games. Our store has a recreational league team that plays on Sunday evenings. I think they managed to make the game that started at 9:30 p.m.!
It was really great having them around for a visit. Sometimes you want to have your parents see what you have done with your life as an adult and visit your home (and there is the flipside as well – sometimes you don’t!) but when you have terminal cancer, you just want to spend as much time with your friends and family as you can. My dad had a mini stroke (TIA) about 13 years ago and it affected his vision. Both his eyesight, his memory, and his general awareness of what is going on is failing pretty quickly. I don’t know how much longer he will know who I am….as I don’t live near enough to see him often. Travel is hard on him – going to new places, even if he has been there a few times…it is always new to him, and he gets even more confused. It is a big job for my mom to travel with him. Thankfully, they are willing to fly and we were able to get wheelchairs to meet them at the gates in Chicago to get them to their connecting plane. (They flew direct to us from Houston but in flying to see my sister in Indiana they had to connect in Chicago). We’ll be going down to see them with all the kids in November for Thanksgiving, which we are all looking forward to.
While my parents were here, I took several photos of them when we were out and about. I have put many of them on here for our other relatives to see. These photos were taken a few days after their 53rd wedding anniversary!