Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Missing Someone


Miss Sophie and The Mr.

It's been quiet around the house the past 2 days. My husband received a call from his mother that his father was in the hospital after suffering a stroke. Before having the stroke, his father was given the news just last Friday that he had terminal cancer. My husband is now back in Maryland, and they will be moving his father into a Hospice care facility. I spoke to him last night on the phone and he tells me his Mother is strong and knows that her husband doesn't have much time. She has always been a strong lady, without ever showing much emotion, but of course her heart is aching. They have been married over 50 years. My father in law quit smoking 14 years ago, but it was too late. I remember him telling us the big reason he quit. His granddaughter, our Jenna, was sitting on his lap at the age of 4. He reached down to give her a kiss on the cheek and she scrunched her nose and said "Grandpa..you stink!" He said that was the turning point. He vowed to quit and went to a group session where he was able to kick the habit within days. I have never smoked, but I know that quitting has to be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. If you do, please try to stop smoking. Not only for yourself, but for your loved ones.

8 comments:

Nancy and the fatties said...

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's dad. My mom smokes and has COPD and asthma, and I know how hard it can be for them to quit. I sure wish they had never invented smoking, don't you?
sending support and hugs

Jillian said...

Wow...I'm so glad he did decide to quit...but so sorry to read he is ill. Cigarettes aren't called cancer sticks for nothing.

countrygirl3031 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. That's devestating news. I quit smoking 25 years ago and actually it wasn't that difficult, but I do know that it is for some people. Glenn smokes and I hate the stale cigarette smell..yuck!

Hugz,
michele

Liz said...

I'll say a prayer for your husband and father-in-law today. I'm so so sorry to hear it.

Denise said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news of your husbands father. His mother sounds like a strong woman. I will keep your whole family in my prayers.

a said...

Since your email I have thought of Tom a lot and sent prayers..tell him for me, will you? love to all of you;) xo

Shab-n-Chic said...

Thank you everyone. Your comments and prayers were comforting. I received the phone call early this morning that Herb passed away shortly after midnight. He was a loving father, husband and the best father in law I could have ever asked for. He will be missed.

A Sentimental Journey said...

Much love to you & yours Nancy . . . . Sincere thoughts of prayer & sympathy being sent your way. . . .xoxoxo P