Monday, July 19, 2010

Dad dad died on July 6. He was 81 and had been fighting Parkinson's Disease for over 10 years. His death was sudden, and not directly related (we think) to the Parkinson's. And I am pretty sure that at some point I'll have more to say about this. But for now, all I can say is that I am very very tired of feeling sad. I could use a bit more dancing.
This is dad's favorite poem. Well, one of them - he really loved poetry. But this one is a pretty good summary of how we lived and how he approached life:

"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and from the dole
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul."
~ Sheikh Muslih-uddin Saadi Shirazi ( The Gulistan of Saadi, 1270 )


Sprite's Keeper said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Rebekah. Your dad's taste in poetry runs toward the best if that sample is any indication.

Jason, as himself said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. It is such a hard thing to go through.

My dad is fighting Parkinson's, too.

korin said...

<3 so much love being sent to you. The dancing is coming, I promise. <3

M said...

That's a great poem to typify Grandpa's approach to life. He was a very good man. We'll miss him.

I'm tired of feeling sad, too. I know how you feel. Seriously - everyone in our family could use a good break.

I love you.

elliesmadre said...

It is so very hard to lose a parent. I lost my Dad 5 years ago and I miss him terribly. I promise there will be dancing again. <3 And when you do dance, don't feel guilty. I'm sure your Dad would love to know you are dancing.