To My Hero, My Dad

Dear Dad,

Thank you for being a loving husbandand and caregiver to Mom throughout her fifteen-year journey with Alzheimer’s. 

Alzheimer’s took Mom through so many changes.  You adapted daily to her ever-changing needs.

You learned to wear so many new hats…

• Daily Wardrobe Stylist
• Manicurist / Pedicurist
• Dental Hygienist
• Cruise Director
• Translator
• Counterintelligence Officer
• Chauffeur & Escort
• Receptionist / Secretary
• Personal Chef
• Maid
• Laundress
• Treasure Hunter
• Physical Therapist
• Bookkeeper
• Personal Shopper
• Strategist
• Innovator…

You mastered so many new skills.  Skills an Army drill instructor and pump-and-tank man may have barely envisioned for himself…

• Preparing meals
• Shopping for groceries
• Answering the phone
• Scheduling doctor appointments
• Paying bills
• Balancing the checkbook
• Dispensing vitamins & medications
• Trimming toenails & fingernails
• Scheduling hairdresser appointments
• Doing laundry
• Sending birthday, anniversary & Christmas cards
• Giving daily baths & supervise hygiene
• Supervising tooth-brushing
• Buying bras and panties…

This growth took strength, loyalty and honor. It was the right thing to do.  Just what I expect from you.

This effort is what love looks like.

I want you to know that I noticed.

Thank you Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to My Hero –  My Dad.

Love always,

Barbara