This Father's Day I would like to publicly thank my father for being there for my mother.
This picture of my parents was taken in August 2004. They were dancing at my daughter's wedding. They look like a happy couple but at the time, my father was living in Maryland and my mother, California. They hadn't been married since the 1970's.
They started dating as teenagers close to 60 yrs ago. They were married for 17 yrs -- then divorced but they always stayed in touch.
When this photo was taken we didn't know that my mom would eventually be diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. It's been about two years since we've known. Although I suspect she may have known something was wrong maybe as far back as 2004.
Now, my father lives in California. Today I will visit him and take him to dinner. But this time, I'll be taking both my parents. The thing is, my parents have reunited after 35 yrs. My father is helping to care for my mother who has forgotten that they haven't been married since the 70's.
This Father's Day I'd like to thank my father for giving me what no one else could have -- a little more time with my mom.
Thank You Daddy and Happy Father's Day