After Mom’s stroke, she was unable to care for herself or Dad. She was a strong and capable woman, raised nine children, and lived a farm life. They were married over 66 yrs when her stroke happened. It removed her from Dad’s life one dark winter night. He prayed for her return. He wasn’t ready to let her go. He held tight to the dream of getting her back.

22 Sept 2000

Many of us lived near enough to give Dad daily rides to the nursing home to be with her. She didn’t get better. The efforts to bring him each day became more difficult for him and for us. It seemed best for him to stay in the nursing home with her. The staff gave them much gentle care and attention.

Dad died on 28 March 2002. Mom on 16 May 2005. Maybe they are hand-in-hand again.


10 thoughts on “Hand-in-Hand

  1. shoreacres

    It always seems like it was just yesterday, doesn’t it? Sixty-six years is such a long time. I can only imagine how hard it was for them both, in different ways. Thank goodness they had such a loving family around them.

    1. Jim R Post author

      Thank you for those kind words. Times were hard. I don’t remember them being that way. I think they passed along an optimism and spirit that gave us strength.


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