Today Gregory, Manny and I were joined by Batia (fellow resident) and her daughter Naiomi. We were also joined by two unexpected guests: my mom and dad.
Mom and dad sat quietly at our table and did not interact. But they did take it all in. They looked pleased and wished that they could give Gregory and me a hug and kiss. Their smiles spoke years as they gently rocked their heads to the sounds of the Jewish music being played on the piano and violin. Old familiars: Hava Nagila, Bei Mir Bistu Shein, and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof."
As they looked from me to Gregory and back again, I knew they were giving me their blessing. They told me that I was doing a wonderful, loving job and making Gregory's life not only happy but meaningful. They let me know how much they missed us and loved us. Their tears filled my eyes and then they were gone.
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Dad - RIP March 2005
Mom - RIP March 2010