OK… That may seem an emotive title and everything… but the card I am talking about was kinda devastating… It doesn’t LOOK devastating… it has a rather cute possum-like animal watercolour… but when you open it up, you find a letter from my Mum explaining that my Dad is too sick for her to care for anymore, and he is at this time now permanently placed in a Resthome in Nelson.
I had many plans for the future, usually quite lofty… but I can assure you, I never anticipated my time at Uni to have involved a bombshell like that! It is a surreal thing to consider your late 50s father in a rest-home!!! In saying that though, the rest home that Dad ended up going to in Nelson, was pretty awesome! But it still had that stale smell that to this very day brings the shudders when I go to a rest-home! There were plenty of entertaining moments that we can share with you – but the real crack up was another patient with Dementia who forever loved to strip… not at all something that I wish to recall in my worst nightmare!!! 🙂