June 06, 2009

 

Dad

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A Svenska pojka - 1926


1928


A happy childhood in the midst of the Great Depression


The new squeeze


One in a long series of happy days - 1948


Proud first-time parents - 1950


The most wonderful time of the year?


Stylin' - 1958


A growing family


Seven is enough - 1968


Neither rain nor SNOW ! - 1979


The Kenny Rogers years - 1989


Dedication since 1947


A good retirement


Fifty-four years together - 2003


The newest grandkid - 2007



I had not heard the song "Keep Me In Your Heart" for some time when my brother reminded me about it the day Dad died. It was written by Warren Zevon after he knew he was dying from cancer. He wrote it primarily for his wife, but I'm sure he must have known what a beautiful masterpiece it was that Muse gave him for all who suffer loss.

Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile
When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile
There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes, keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they're running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Here is a cover of the song by LiliAna Rose, lovely of voice, face and name:



We will, Dad.
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Comments:
Too bad about your dad O'T. sixteen years later I'm still missin' mine.
I hope things with your Mom resolve in a way to give you peace.
 
I'm all misty. The song choice is perfect. Sending you good thoughts during these days.
 
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The photo tribute is fantastic. So sorry to read about your dad's death, although it sounded as though the timing was comparatively kind. The situation with your mother is so terribly hard.

My family is now dealing with the rapidly-progressing Alzheimer's of my mother's sister, and I cannot believe how horribly cruel the illness is, both to her and to everyone around her. I agree with you that it seems there should be a way to release the suffering of the terminally ill, without the "--icide" at the end. I'm fortunate to live in a state that does allow assisted suicide ... but that still doesn't remove the stigma. The official name is "death with dignity," which is much closer to the mark.

*I removed my own earlier comment because I'd typed my thoughts in the wrong order and it didn't make sense*
 
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