One of my earliest memories in life… I can remember being in the park with my father. I remember playfully punching him and trying to outrun him repeatedly, and he would always catch me. I remember growing up through the years and asking him lots of questions “just to see if he had answers” and each and ever time he did. I remember watching my father sing gospel onstage with women screaming in the audience. I remember seeing many articles about my father in JET magazine as he traveled all around the country and beyond. I have pictures of my father with former US presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush (Sr.) and I even have a picture of my father with a “younger” Hillary Clinton. My father had one of the sharpest minds I’ve ever known. When everyone else would vote to go to the left, Pop would be the first one to raise his hand and say “Wait a minute…” Now it’s 2016 and my father is 84 years old. I have to give him a diabetes test each morning and he seems to get slower and slower… He still has flashes of his old self. He can still speak articulately whenever he has to, but time is slowly taking it’s toll. A couple of days ago he forgot the names of his grandchildren. This was the second time this has happened. I am not sure if these were isolated incidents or if this is a sign of what’s to come. The one thing I do know is that they is “no way” Pop will ever be put in a nursing home. I used to work at one years ago and I swore then that that will never be in my father’s destiny. Most of Pop’s friends have passed on. My brother and I do our best to keep his outlook positive each day. We laugh and joke with him, but the truth is that things are getting tough for him. We have been blessed to have a man like him raise us (along with my great mother, who passed away in 2004 from ovarian cancer). A lot of times life may not seem fair, but it is still “life…” Time has brought us here, and I am “extremely thankful” to still have my father in my life. He did so much for me, and now it is time to do for him. Just wanted to share my feelings today. Hope you don’t mind. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
My father, Elton Jolly