We've taken the weekend to visit my father-in-law.
He's in an assisted living home in Wisconsin and he's not doing well.
Parkinsons Disease-like symptoms, multiple falls and injuries, dementia and, most recently, pneumonia.
His body is wracked with pain.
This man, my husband's daddy.
I hear stories of life and love - working on the old car engine together, taking afternoon naps together in the BestReclinerEver, the talk they had on our wedding day - She's yours to take care of now, son. No excuses. She's yours now.
I didn't know the man he was...I saw tiny glimpses, but he was drifting away by the time I met my Brawny Man.
But I know he was good.
I know he was strong, and capable and loving.
I know this because Mr. B. learned to be a man from him...
And he's a good, good man.
We love you so, Jack.