|My dad and I in 2017|
Yesterday morning at 10:00 a.m. my dad died. He had been in hospice for the last few weeks. I went to visit him and say good-bye. We talked for a couple more times on the phone, but he was very weak.
Having an elderly parent with dementia can be very stressful. It's kind of a relief not to have to worry about him anymore. For the past several years I had been very concerned about his driving. He refused to stop. The last time I saw him he said, "Hey Stef, I'm not going to drive anymore." I kept my response low key, but was thinking to myself, "Thank God!" This morning when I woke up I felt very tired. I stayed in bed and meditated, and then got up and made French roast coffee in my French press. I always eat two stalks of celery before putting anything in my stomach.
Yesterday I made a tuna and noodle casserole. I also went to Food For Less and bought a frozen chocolate cream pie. For some reason I was craving comfort food. Today I made a huge spinach salad, and am answering messages from so many old friends who have called. It's been very comforting to hear from all of them. Dancers always come through for each other in times of sorrow and loss.
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