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Sat May 6, 2017, 07:03 PM

Something that will (hopefully) make you smile

My dad is in a nursing home, can't walk, and is suffering from dementia and likely early stages of Alzheimer's. Earlier today, my eight year old daughter and I went to visit him and the kid said something amazing, completely unprompted. "Grandpa, I am never going to give up because I know you never give up." Then she gave him a great big ol' hug. I haven't seen my dad with a great big smile like that for a long time. See, this kid is a very loving and gentle young lady and I am bursting with pride. Thank you for indulging me.

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Reply Something that will (hopefully) make you smile (Original post)
JPPaverage May 2017 OP
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proud patriot May 2017 #9
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Mountain Mule May 2017 #12
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Mr.Bill May 2017 #26
ashling May 2017 #27
snooper2 May 2017 #28
JPPaverage May 2017 #29

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:05 PM

2. Bless them both and you for raising such a great kid..n/t

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:05 PM

3. 😎❤️👍🏼

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:14 PM

4. Sounds like you're doing a great job with your kid

Rock on, JPPaverage!

Enjoy your weekend with your astute and loving daughter!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:17 PM

5. Well, you made me smile!

Those proud parent moments are the best!!

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Sat May 6, 2017, 07:22 PM

7. .

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:46 PM

8. A moment to treasure forever.

For all of you.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:08 PM

9. Made me smile

Thanks

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:38 PM

10. THanks for sharing. Happy and heartwarming posts always welcome!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:39 PM

11. NICE!

Little gestures mean a lot. Sometimes they mean everything.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:51 PM

12. Awww... That's so sweet

Thanks for sharing that with us!

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Response to Mountain Mule (Reply #12)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:45 PM

14. + Agree

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:32 PM

13. Tell that sweet daughter of yours that this old coot thinks she's wonderful!

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Sat May 6, 2017, 09:55 PM

15. -

Very cool!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 10:02 PM

16. That is beautiful!

Bask in the pride of the amazing young person you're helping to find their way, you deserve every moment of joy you're feeling.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:59 PM

17. Thank you for sharing - you're indulging us!

Who among us can't relate to your story, in one way or another?

It immediately brought to mind my late grandmother, who had been drifting in and out after a mild stroke in 2000 (at age 82). The last time I saw her, she seemed as lucid and witty as ever, and we had a long, meaningful chat and a very nice afternoon together like we hadn't had in a while.

A couple of weeks later, my mother called me let me know she had passed away. It was sudden and, her 91 years notwithstanding, pretty unexpected.

Cherish every moment you can spend with your older loved ones. Time flies.

Thanks again!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 01:34 AM

18. Rec.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 01:42 AM

19. Sometimes kids can be the best medicine.

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Sun May 7, 2017, 01:57 AM

20. You have raised a wonderful daughter

She's got the spirit and spunk needed for our next generation.

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Sun May 7, 2017, 03:17 AM

21. Sweet young lady.

The last words my grandmother with Alzheimer's said to me as I tucked a pillow around her was, "Aw, you're nice."

Love and kindness may be out of style for some. But it will never be out of fashion for me.

Very fine young lady and kudos to her parents.

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Sun May 7, 2017, 03:51 AM

22. What a nice story!

Sounds like you have a very caring and lovely daughter. You and your father are very lucky to have her!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 06:03 AM

23. Kids will do that.

When they were little, we used to take our daughters to visit with my grandfather at least once a year in the States. He was so proud of his little blonde beauties. They used to cuddle up to him on the couch in his apartment, and babble to each other in their native German, of which he understood absolutely nothing. But they were so proud to have a great-grandfather, and beamed when we went to his 100th birthday party in New York.

So, I completely get how much your daughter's encouragement means to your dad, and I completely get how much it meant to him. Treasure the moments!

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 10:30 AM

24. More than a smile, I had to wipe away a tear or two, your daughter is great.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 11:28 AM

25. Beautiful!

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Sun May 7, 2017, 04:11 PM

26. What a beautiful story.

We can always learn from our kids.

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Response to JPPaverage (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 05:39 PM

27. Give her a couple thousand extra hugs from all of us



I am and (but in a good way)

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #28)

Mon May 8, 2017, 10:12 AM

29. No

I don't have my own site.

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