Thursday, June 23, 2011


For the fourth time in a row, my dad will be spending his birthday in hospital, keeping my mom company. 2008 she was there for surgery, 2009 for chemo, 2010 simply because she was in a very bad state, 2011 - today, it will be chemo again.
It's his 60th birthday, and in just a few days he will retire - 5 years earlier than planned - to hopefully spend some very precious quality time with mom.
Over the past 2 months, I saw him working very hard, weekend after weekend, to get their new little holiday house at the sea ready (and completely to my mom's taste). Also the last two months, he drove my mom at least two times to the emergency ward - hereby losing more than one night's sleep. And in between, he just kept getting up at 6 AM every morning to go to work.

In other words - I'm very happy that he's about to stay home. It will definitely be a huge step for him, and knowing him, it won't be easy. But it's really for the best.
So happy birthday dad - tonight I'll give you a very big kiss, and we will be happy that we made it through another year, even if we'll be celebrating in hospital once again. Love you.