We are sad at the Fun House tonight--we got word this morning that my father-in-law has passed away.
Although the news is not surprising--we new the end was near--it doesn't make it any easier. The weirdness of knowing that someone is no longer around is very hard to wrap your mind around. Especially for Don, obviously.
The good news is that he had a terrific life, a "charmed" life as many would say. He had a very rewarding career as a successful college professor and he loved his job. Because he had the summers off, he would take his family on road trip adventures all all over the country and document their trips meticulously in scrapbooks. Once he retired, he pursued all kinds of artistic endeavors like sculpting and woodworking--and he was really good!
He was a guy who was always up for anything and always a lot of fun. I remember a few years ago when Don's parents were visiting, we were watching Sex and the City (because I would never miss it!) and Don's dad totally loved the show. He thought it was the best show he had ever seen and had me write down all the details on it so he could keep watching it when they got home! This is from a guy who was well into his eighties!
A few years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (a disease I HATE) and though he was pretty good for a long time, deteriorated in the past year or so.
We are having a memorial service in the next couple of weeks when we are in California. Don's mom and sister have been planning it and it sounds like it will be really nice--with many of his friends, colleagues and family speaking.
Here are a couple of pictures from the last time they visited.
Don's dad with Pickle (I LOVE this pic!):And Don's mom and dad with Gooser:
So anyway, we are sad.