... I can and will get this done-
not sure why I have procrastinated-
so not like me-
maybe because I knew it would make me cry-
writing about the death of the professor-
so I needed a bit of time to process it.
Also, we have had a very hectic week since the good doctor died last Monday
(is it only one week, really?)'
with two snowstorms,
hubby sick again,
DD broken up with her 4 yr BF (yay! She's doing great- already met someone else),
lots of extra grand-baby time,
me hitting the gym every single day whilst I can,
(trying to finish my book-group book on the treadmill, something I never do, either-
btw- my negative calorie differential for the week is over 11,000 but my wt hasn't changed- what is up with that, SP?).
So, for my new friends, I have been doing elder care as a retirement job for 5-6 years (to pay for my outrageously expensive effin crappy health insurance).
For a bit over 3 years, I have cared for two very elderly wonderful gentlemen in their homes- one died at 99 in May of 2011, the other, the professor, would have been 99 in June.
I was able to write (simply) his life stories when I first started working with him in 2009 and got to know him and his family (and family secrets!) pretty well doing that- before he slowly drifted off mentally, and then physically.
He was an amazing man-
brilliant (I used to say my IQ went up just from hanging around with him),
gentle and loving,
tireless (his life achievements were stunning)
and always so grateful for the life his God had given him and so appreciative for anything anyone would do for him.
He died in his own home that he and his beloved late wife of 60 years had built together in 1950 and raised their three children in and cared for many grandkids and great-grandkids in.
He was sitting in a recliner chair with his feet up by a crackling fire with his daughter and son-in-law (primary caretakers) with him when he very peacefully passed away.
Here is the link to his obituary- I could not begin to tell you all of his accomplishments, but he certainly put me to shame, living the small self-absorbed life I have led.
(Made me wonder what would be in my obituary! hmmm....might be a good writing exercise)
His memorial service is March 2nd.
I will look for more work after that.
Unemployment is high in RI now but, though I've been out of the loop a while, I'm confident I'll be able to find this sort of work- there is such a need and the professor's daughter is, like her dad was, very involved in the community and will recommend me highly.
Let me know if this link doesn't work: