Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.
We cherish every moment we get to spend with Papa, we know that he won’t be around forever and are especially thankful for the times he gets to spend with the Little Princess – she’s getting to the age that she just might remember her Papa after its his time to ‘cross over’. His age has really started to show over the last year – especially since his girlfriend of 30+ years (Mrs. C, aka ‘Nana’) has recently been afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia – she is 92. He spends much of his free time making sure she is being taken care of, and to make sure that she has a ‘constant’ in her schedule daily. She has her good days and her bad days – she remembers our cat and the Little Princess with affection, she just doesn’t remember ‘who’ they ‘belong’ to, bless her heart! Nana and Papa have been inseparable for years – when they were able, they traveled annually for over 20 years to her childhood country of Ireland and bringing back the best memories and photographs, entertaining us with wonderful stories. Because he makes sure they have meals together, and their ritual 9:00 pm phone call each night, she remembers him, in spite of her advancing condition, and is very thankful to have him as a constant in her life.
Papa loves to drive (and does it well in spite of his age! LOL!) so he really looks forward to being able to come visit us on the weekends when he is able – he used to come up once a week, even mowed our grass in the summertime because it made him ‘feel young’, but as his health has slowly started to fade, so have his trips – so we thoroughly enjoy them when we can. We visit him as much as we can in his retirement home, but he prefers coming here because it gets him away from, as he says, ‘the old people’. LOL! Here, for your enjoyment are some pictures of Pool Shark Papa playing pool with the Little Princess:
Afterwards, as we were enjoying coffee and ‘Papa Cookies’, she donned one of her dress-up outfits from the dress-up trunk Santa left for her – Papa got quite the kick out of her pretending to be a Ballerina Princess…
And for those of you following her ‘face-plant’ incident, as of Saturday this is how her eye looked:
By yesterday you couldn’t even tell she had had a black eye over her Christmas break – she was happy that she didn’t have to go to school sporting a shiner! The only thing left was the healing cut on her eyebrow, but it was effectively hidden by her hair…heh, heh! We did run into her Kindergarten teacher at Target last Wednesday – so her teacher got to see her shiner, much to the Little Princess’s chagrin! 😉