Monthly Archives October 2019

Friday Life Footnotes

“Happy Birthday, Daddy” “Well, hell-OOOH.” I grin at the sound of the steady, familiar voice, unaffected by advanced age. “How are you doing, Dad?” My voice travels back to him over 2,100 miles, from my new home in Nova Scotia to his room at a nursing home in my Iowa hometown. “I’m feeling pretty good. I can’t believe I’ve lived to be 99 years old.” Neither can I. After the pericardium that strangled his heart was peeled away, doctors told my mother and I he would not celebrate his 70th birthday. Medications, four pacemakers, and an iron will to live
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