On falling oak trees & dying grandparents......

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by timer lady, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts


    We finally got the bid to remove all the damage from the storm this past Friday night. The work began yesterday & will take a good 5 days to remove this fine old tree.

    I rec'd a telephone call from my father earlier this evening. My 98 y/o grandfather has suffered a stroke; he has been settled back in hospice care & is refusing a feeding tube.

    Dad told me that Grandpa is seemingly at peace with this decision. He's outlived his wife by almost 30 years, 2 of his children & most of his friends. "John, it's time for me to go" is what he told my dad.

    Please say a prayer for a peaceful, pain free & quiet passing for my grandpa. He's a most loved father, grandfather, great grandfather & great great grandfather - along with all the in laws & "orphans" he's taken in over the years.

    I appreciate the shoulder.
  2. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    You will not look back on this year fondly, Linda. :crying:

    Sending warm hugs to you and comforting thoughts for Grandpa.

  3. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts


    This year is almost over (only 4 1/2 months left). I've decided when all is said & done that I will not acknowledge the year 2007.

    I think it's a good plan, a healthy plan - one that will help me survive.

    Thanks for the support, lady. I'll catch up with you later. :flower:
  4. mum2JK&TH

    mum2JK&TH New Member

    Linda, I am sorry to hear about your grandfather, but it sounds like he is at peace and ready to move on.

    (((HUGS))) You are a very strong woman.
  5. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Sending positive thoughts for a painfree passing. Sounds like he is a special man. HUGS!!
  6. ctmom05

    ctmom05 Member


    Gentle hugs my dear; who is ever really ready to say good bye? Your Grandpa meant a lot in many lives and everybody is going to miss him.

    I am glad he is at peace within himself.
  7. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I will say a prayer for a peaceful end to his very long and giving life.

    On a side note, Linda, have you ever thought about writing a book? I think the title of the thread sounds like a good title for a book. You have a lot to write about and I'm sure it would be an inspiration for many other parents out there who are dealing with children with similar problems to yours. Perhaps it's something you could start while recovering from your illness. Perhaps writing could help you cope with so much of what you've gone through this year.

  8. On_Call

    On_Call New Member


    I am so sorry that your family is once again going through something painful. Sending you some additional gentle hugs.

    I do not blame you for wanting to put 2007 in a box, slam on a lid and put the box in a dark corner of the attic.

    I agree with Loth - your thread title would make a great book title. Writing everything down would either be too exhausting or extremely freeing - one or the other.

    Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
  9. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I'm glad you were able to get the tree taken care of.

    Saying prayers that your grandfather crosses over peacefully.

  10. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Your family is in our prayers.
  11. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Ohhhhhh, he sounds like a wonderful guy. So sad. But I'm glad he's at peace.

    So sorry about the tree, too. I hate it when that happens. We lost 18 huge trees with-Hurricane Isabel, and numerous small trees as well. The yard won't look the same until we're your grandfather's age.
  12. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I just saw this post. I'm saying a prayer for your grandpa and your family. What a year-praying 2008 is a much better one!
  13. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I agree about you writing a book, and I think the title would be apt.

    Your grandfather sounds like my mother. She made a similar decision.

    About 2007 - take a leaf from Queen Elizabeth II, the year Windsor Castle got damaged by fire; the year there were divorces and separations through her family; the year of scandals, of deaths, of tragedy - she described it as her "annus horribilis". I think she would have like to wipe that year off the records also.

    Hang in there. Worried about you.

  14. Sending thoughts of peace for your dear grandfather , you, and your family as well...
  15. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Excellent idea, Loth. It might be terribly therapeutic. DDD
  16. Coookie

    Coookie Active Member

    You are in my thoughts Buddy....and your grandpa... :frown: