I dearly love my 84-year-old father. Make no mistake.
But there are times...
Like now, when he is planning to step board a plane; make two changes and arrive in Bradenton, FL. unannounced at his 95-year-old sister's Sarasota home.
Sometime during the next 10 days he plans to travel 3-1/2 hours north and visit us.
His sister lives with her son, his wife and his 78-year-old mother-in-law - who can't speak English.
This behavior is not unusual for my father. However, he barely walks anymore, is steadily losing weight; is forgetful and getting ornery by the minute. No one in the family has been able to reason with him and he refuses all suggestions like someone driving him or flying with him. To top it off, his flight is full so no one can hop on at the last minute unless th.
ey want to chance standby and hope they continue to catch a standby flight the rest of the way with Dad.
Furthermore, he refuses to call me & say he's coming to Florida! I ask about it and he laughs & changes the subject.
Meanwhile, no one up north seems willing to stop him.
So, if you're the type to pray, please do for his safety and my sanity.
I have snacked all day, paced the floor, wrung my hands and fielded phone calls about this "crazy old man's trip."
Just when I thought I'd write a column about doing laundry in my wringer washer and making laundry soap, I get sidetracked by family drama.
Moving nearly 2,000 miles away didn't keep it from us.