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February 23, 2008



Beautiful and sad - these stories of your father-in-law make me weep and laugh. Also sending a hug -

I am so glad he's still here. I love it when you write about him. He seems like such a wonderful man.

Sorry to hear about this development--all best wishes to you and J. and healing prayers for your father-in-law.

Good for him. I'm very glad he's still here, and I hope to be as full of curiosity -- and as expressive -- if I reach his accumulation of years. Thanks, as always, for the post.

I have been a "silent" reader of your work for some time, but I feel compelled to respond to this entry. I am glad to hear that he is doing well. He seems to be such an interesting man. (It is hard to imagine that his own country can't even pronounce his name...wow). I feel as though I know him personally, you write so frequently and lovingly about him. I can sense the fondness you hold for him. I am curious...how is your father doing? I recall a post reflecting on a visit to ancestrial burial grounds, but haven't heard much about him since. I hope that he is well, too.

Glad to hear he is doing better. I'm sure your next visit will be filled with stories! I'm looking forward to hearing about them.

dear Beth, I don't comment often enough these days, but just wanted to say how much I love these posts about your father-in-law, and after reading them he & you & yours are in my thoughts.

You can't keep a good man down! Interesting he wanted to be kept out of hospital but it seems to be quite an interesting and stimulating environment now he's there. I hope he continues well and comfortably for a good while yet.

( Your online conversation with Tony is a brave and interesting commitment, I look forward to more...)

Thanks, everyone, your care and comments about my father-in-law are very much appreciated.

Hi Jaelin -- my email back to you didn't go through, so here's a reply -- Thank you so much for writing, and for your concern about our two fathers. My father-in-law is a true character but I probably don't write as much about his difficult aspects as the good ones. That's OK. We hope he'll be home from the hospital today. My own father is doing much better, both physically and emotionally. He's fully recovered from his two knee replacements and is playing competitive table tennis again and doing a huge amount of exercise - it exhausts me to think about, and he's 83! He still gets sad about my mother, as do I, but he's much more adjusted now to life on his own. It's very kind of you to ask about them both, and I'm really glad you let me know you "were there." I know there are a number of silent readers of this blog and it's always great when one of them decides to send an email or comment. Thanks.

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