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April 18, 2007

"I find occasion to journey to the land of my people."

Spring has arrived. With it comes all that you would expect: the flowers bloom, the wind whips brief whispers of Old Man Winter on occasion and, the surest sign of spring, my grandfather comes down with what seems to be his annual bout of congestive heart failure.

I’m not trying to mock his illness. It’s just that at this point, at the age of 88, he’s going to pull through or he won’t, there just isn’t much of an alternative. I panicked the first time, now that it’s his 7th or 8th bout of the stuff I’m a bit more comfortable with the situation. When I didn’t lose him the first time all the time that has passed since has been a bonus.

With Fabulous Babe out of the country I called Farmer Mom and Dad and asked if they would mind keeping Jack under wing for a week while I journeyed to Kentucky to check on things. The next few posts are going to be pretty much sans Jack but I think there are some things to give you a chuckle or two along the way.

It’s the first time in a while I’ve been back to Kentucky by myself. As you’ll read it was a pretty somber trip at times but there were some moments that still managed to bring some light into the darkness. If you’re looking for a soundtrack I think the Above and Beyond album “Tri-State” fits the bill for a lot of reasons.

Posted by Jim at April 18, 2007 11:19 PM


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