Saturday, April 23, 2011

A temporary diversion from the regular rhythm of the blog

I haven't known quite what to do about this.  "The ducks" were offered as some hint at background information until I figured it out.

You see, on the day I clicked the give-away post, I learned that my father had been moved to hospice care.  We anticipated this when he went into the hospital on Monday.

My sister agreed to be there for both of us as he navigates this passage into death.

I wasn't going to say anything because I don't really share the deeper spaces of my life here on La Fourchette.  But this time, I couldn't seem to keep up a playful front with such a heavy distraction going on...and I just couldn't keep blaming the ducks.  So rather than going underground and emerging later in the week,  I decided to tell the truth and let you in.  La vie est compliquée.

Images for today and tomorrow will be dedicated to my father, a man of tremendous character.  In his life, he was devoted to his wife, loved his daughters and held an unshakable commitment to always do his best.  As a man of deep faith, he didn't necessarily understand her, but he prayed for his Buddhist daughter.

Now his Buddhist daughter sends prayers on the wind to him...prayers of light and love and courage to accompany him through the profound bardo between life and death.

11 comments:

donna said...

beautifully, and lovingly stated....yesterday being Good Friday it is fitting that life would line itself up....it always does anyway..... without our help.....what we can learn about life is that certain things just cannot be hidden, no matter how hard we try.......so at that point, putting things "out on the table" is all we can do...prayers for your father, prayers for you, and may all find peace in this transition....L, donna

Deborah said...

Sending you, and him, sincere thoughts, Leslie.

Kris said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Kris

la Brocanteuse said...

Thank you for sharing these emotions and thoughts with us dear friend...may you find peace and solace..much love and warm wishes Colette x ~ Afrique du Sud

la fourchette said...

To all...mille fois merci for your lovely thoughts, wishes, prayers and encouraging words. I am touched by each individual message and all of them collectively. Thank you.

leslie

Char said...

thinking of you and your father during this time. it is a difficult time to let go...i've done it twice with my parents. no matter how you prepare, it is just not easy. dwell in all of the love that you can. it will help sustain you.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry for you and your family reading this sad new !
Knowing that, I'm sending lovely thoughts in this moment of loneliness and prayers.

Emily said...

Leslie, My thoughts go out to you during this difficult time. No one ever is prepared to lose a parent. It is a blessing for your dad as well as for all of your family to have the support of hospice. I found them to be nothing short of angels during the final days of both of my parents.

Tamsie said...

I have the best sister. I love you. Thank you ...

la fourchette said...

Tamsie, no, no. It is mine to thank you, my sweet.

Anonymous said...

thoughts and prayers to you and your family. . .
Ann Marie

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