I just got off the phone with my dad. It was the perfect time to call, right after a visit from all three great grandchildren. Yes, his daughter and both granddaughters were there, but they no longer count. Sorry.
After Judah was born my parents would often talk about their great grandchild. Having great grandchildren is a badge of honor at the condo in Florida where they lived.
“I called now because I knew you’d be in a great mood,” I said after he answered the phone then pulled his hearing aid so he could actually hear.
“I’m always in a good mood,” was his reply.
He is. But there’s something extra special about a visit from the three little ones.
There’s been extra contact recently as my dad is considering a heart valve procedure. Any surgery at 89 is dicey, heart surgery especially. His leaky valve, a ticking time bomb, is limiting his short term stamina. It’s a problem he’d like fixed.
There’s a new procedure specifically for high risk patients like my dad. Less invasive. Less physical stress.
He and my sister will be seeing a physician for a consultation in August. August! It must be popular surgery.
Hopefully this story has a happy ending. In the meantime it’s nice to hear my father is anxious to extend his life. He really is always in a good mood.