Re: Weekly Off Topic Thread #259[ Edited ]
10-19-2012 11:31:43 PM - edited 10-19-2012 11:35:19 PM
BeeBee....I'm in the same age group as your pop. So, yes, I imagine he most likely would appreciate a visit from you.
We have 3 sons......our oldest lives 40 mi. away and we see him every couple of months or so. #2 is a corporate CEO with a super-high stress job and has virtually zero time available to visit family. Any time he does have free he tries to spend at home with his wife. Just today was here at the house for about 17 hours for a visit.....2nd time this year. God only knows when we'll see him again. Our youngest son lives 10 minutes away and, with his work - family - keeping up their home and yard - and his marathon running we are lucky if he crosses our threshold once every two or three months. And the 9 grandchildren? Heck....they are nearly all out on their own and scattered all over the U.S. Some of them we haven't seen in several years. They all have their work or school.....are in the midst of school and/or courtship, or beginning families...etc. We'd love to see all of them more often with time to spend having "real" visits to find out what they are doing and how their lives are going. We love 'em all and YES we, sometimes do feel left out and ignored. 10 years ago we were living full time in our motorhome and, being so mobile, we were free to move around the country and visit them. But now....in our later 70's ....we have resettled permanently and don't get out on those long distance trips much anymore.
So, yes, I can understand how your dad misses you.
In 1964 my wife and I, along with our three young boys, were visiting her folks in our old home town. My parents lived only a few minutes away but I knew they had some out-of-town company that weekend so I did not stop by even for a brief visit and to check on them. A big mistake. Next morning my mother called me and dad had suffered a heart attack and died. I was particularly close to my dad and had missed my chance to see and talk to him one last time. A mistake that I've regretted all the rest of my life.
So go see your pop. Sit down and have a good chat with him. You both will treasure the time you spend with him.