Dad and Daughter

November 6, 2014 | My Jottings

Sara took this picture when she visited Michael last Saturday, and I thought I would share. She told me that her visits with him now are much quieter, since Michael’s ability to make himself understood continues to fade. So she decided to hug him many times during the visit. Not just a hello hug and a goodbye hug, but lots of hugs all throughout the hours of her visit.


When I went up to spend the day with him on Sunday, Michael and I were sitting together in front of one of the aviaries where we love to watch the colorful birds. After a while I asked, “How was your visit with Sara yesterday?” And he nodded and smiled, indicating how much he enjoyed seeing her. Then Michael said, with great effort and the smallest amount of volume, and the sweetest look on his face, “She hugged me.”


  1. Connie Parkinson says:

    Thats precious. Actions really do speak louder than words, dont they? There are few things in life as wonderful as a deeply felt hug. A good hug makes my heart happy! : )

  2. Just Julie says:

    I hope that I can give you a good hug someday, this side of heaven, Connie! xoxo

  3. Ginny says:

    Sara is so sweetly sensitive!!! Our arms can be such amazing communicators! They don’t gossip, or say too much or bore people! A hug quietly declares “You are so important to me!”. Let’s not be stingy with our hugs!! I declare this is HUG ABUNCH Month!

  4. Just Julie says:

    I love what you wrote, Ginny. You’re the type of person who hugs with your arms, your words, your prayers. So grateful for you… xoxo

  5. Nancy says:

    My daughter got there in time before her Dad passed away. She flew on quick notice 3000 miles from California. Of my children she resembled him most and had his personality. She was able to minister to his needs in hospice. I’m grateful he was conscious and was able to say something to her. She had been married only two months. How good God was to her to allowed her father to be at her wedding. If she had waited a year he never would have seen her married to a wonderful man. He told my husband. She is my life.

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for what you’ve shared here, Nancy. I’m so grateful your daughter was able to be with her dad like this. Such a priceless gift. Sounds like her husband knows what a great woman he has too… God bless your week, Nancy! xoxo

  7. Nancy says:

    I think this was the first time I saw your blog. I saw your messages on the parkinsons website I got advice from when my husband was ill with parkinsons or lewy body dementia and was impressed by what you wrote. Who is this lady? I saw your link and here I am. Been following you since. Hope you continue to write in your blog. Happy your found someone to make you happy and share your life with.

  8. Just Julie says:

    Hi Nancy, Thank you for what you shared here. I used to visit that site for hope and ideas, and it was a blessing. It seems bittersweet that I don’t need that information now as I did then. I’m so glad our loves have passed out of their suffering. I so look forward to hearing from you. I plan to share photos soon! xoxo God bless you Nancy.

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