Thanks so much for all your comments. I’m sorry not to be able to respond to all of them personally, as is my usual practice. This blogging community is truly amazing and I feel very blessed to be a part of it. I’ve had tears in my eyes many times over the past few days when reading them.
My father is mending slowly and it’s good to hear the smile in his voice again. My comment to him was “I guess you know the cigarettes are gone, right?” For the first time in years, our entire family is now smoke-free at the same time so who knows – we all may live several more years at that!
Dad’s doing well but as they say, if it’s not one thing it’s another. I’m taking myself away from blogging for awhile to deal with another problem that requires my attention/emotions/energies. (Not a health problem! No panicking allowed!) Instead, a rather sticky personal relationship problem. I have every confidence it will all turn out fine, but things are emotionally exhausting currently. Even though I don’t usually hold back much personal information here on the Observation Deck, there are times when I’m actually able to keep my mouth shut!
Love you all. I shall return.