My Dad definitely isn’t young, but he’s not in failing health either.  And my mom is probably in even better shape, just go-go-go.  But there’s a history of heart problems in our family.  Dad’s already had a quintuple bypass.  And life just happens.  I talk to my parents more now than I did for years.  We’re much closer as a family.  Which probably makes the though of losing them worse.

Dad’s pretty respectful of work.  So when the phone rings in the middle of the business day and it’s a call from him, my heart stops for a second.  It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I stop, excuse myself, find a quiet place to talk and take the call.  Always glad when it’s something trivial, but always aware that one day it won’t be.


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