The Last Visit

Driving the half hour trip to my childhood home, an overwhelming emotion brought me to tears. This would be the last time I came home to visit.

My parents bought this house as I was turning seven-years-old. For fifty-one years, it’s been the place where I held precious memories of my youth: the trees I climbed and hung out in for hours, the road to the hill I walked to sit and stare out over the Bay Area and think my thoughts, the bedroom where […]

Are You Ready?

Walking into the living room, I found my father in his favorite worn-out green plaid recliner. Taking a deep breath, I asked the question we’d both been preparing for all month, “Dad, are you ready to move in with me?”

Smiling, he looked me straight in the eyes and asked, “The question is, are you ready to have me?”

In one week, on June 1st, my daddy will be my first roommate since my children all left the house for lives of their own. The house […]

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Dad’s Homecoming

Twenty-four days until my new roommate comes to stay. At ninety-five, it will be a challenge for him. He’ll be leaving the only home he’s known for the past fifty-one years. All his memories are locked up between those walls – the joys, the fears, watching his four children fly away one-by-one and the tears over the loss of my mother. I look at what we’ll be taking, and it’s all very simple: a few clothes, his hospital issued bed, his wheelchair, and the […]