Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.
– Mary Baker Eddy
Morning walk and talk with Dad in LaConner –
Karen: Dad, it’s beautiful outside! You want to get up and go for a walk with me?
Dad: (lying in bed) No. I’m comfortable here.
Karen: But it’s gorgeous outside! Come on! Let’s go for a walk.
(Once we’re outside, I follow Dad’s lead. He takes us on to the boardwalk along the Swinomish Channel.)
Dad: (Standing at the end of the boardwalk and sweeping his arm across the Swinomish Channel) This is so beautiful. I could stand here all day.
(Eventually we move to a bench in the sun.)
Dad: (Looking at John Wayne’s boat tied up at the dock) John Wayne is dead. We might have been the same age. I don’t know. He had a lot more active life than me.
Karen: (laughing OUT LOUD) He did NOT have a more active life than you. Did he climb mountains? Did he climb around on K2?
Dad: (smiling) Well, he made more action MOVIES.
Karen: There’s a big difference between movies and real life.
Dad: I could sit here all day. Because you’re here with me. I could sit here all day with you. There are not many moments like this.
Dad: My grandchildren came to see me not too long ago. Recently. I think it was my birthday or something. I’m very proud of them.
Karen: They came on your birthday. They came to see you because they love you.
Dad: (smiling) Of course they do. Because I am a loveable old man.
Dad: I could sit here all day watching the people. (pointing to the sky) Look! There’s only one cloud in the entire sky today!
Dad: (after we’d been out for 40 minutes or so) Okay. Let’s get back to Mom now.
Dad: (as I’m leaving) Thank you for going out on a walk with me today.
Karen: It was fun!
Note: These are not professional quality photos – took these pictures with my cellphone – because, of course, I left my actual cameras AT HOME. But oh well. It was a great morning. 🙂