Sunday, January 9, 2011

"My Day With Dad...

...last Friday began predawn when Scott and I
left Surprise
and headed for mom and dad's
arriving
bright and early at 7:00 am.
Scott stayed with mom...taking down outside
Christmas lights
and running some errands
as
Dad and I then headed into Scottsdale
for a day of pre-admission
medical routines he had to undergo prior
to his surgery this Wednesday.
We spent a lot of time
in a lot of different waiting rooms.
We talked and waited...and laughed and waited...
and "people watched" and waited...
and
then...waited some more.
Dad dozed a bit and I drew a lot.
I even got asked at one point if I was an artist
or maybe an illustrator...
Hmmm, go figure.
I guess
it was the open sketchbook in my lap
that gave me away...LOL:)
It was a long day...and absolutely not the
most comfortable of circumstances
for my dad...
but I wouldn't trade our "together time" away for
a million dollars.
Spending time with my dad trumps all!
(This was drawn...lead free...in my Zen Journal...
healing mandala and all.
Click on image, if you like, to enlarge.)

Time is at once
the most valuable and the most perishable
of all our possessions.”
~
John Randolph

19 comments:

Anita Davies said...

I hope your Dad is holding up Margaret and it's nothing too serious.
Beautiful spread

Helen said...

I love your zen work - it is beautiful and fresh. Thank you for sharing.

Peachtreeart said...

Margaret you are so right...times like the above spent with your dad will be parts of your most precious memories of him. Your spread really shows how aware you were of your surroundings and your reasons for being there!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can see that you made the best of your time. Good luck to Dad. I will keep him in my prayers.

Sandy in Michigan said...

My prayers and best wishes go out to your Dad on his surgery this week. I hope he has a speedy recovery. And I love your drawing - it has a very positive feel to it although it was "born" in a trying atmosphere!

nanke's stuff said...

A wonderful spread and a great way to spend time while waiting. I wish your dad all the best Wednesday and hope his surgery goes well. nancy

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

I wish your Dad well on Wednesday. I am sure you Dad was very happy to have you there for all the waiting and it was as special to him as it was to you. I recognize so much in your page. I wait with my Dad at his appointments. He has dementia and will not remember our time together, but I will.

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

A day in your life with your Dad is priceless. The drawing is lovely, despite the environment you were in. And a great reminder of "everyday matters."

Teri C said...

A beautiful way to spend the day, with your Dad and sketching. Best wishes for his upcoming surgery.

donna said...

What a wonderful journal spread. I hope all goes well for your dad.

Anonymous said...

Oh ~ prayers to your Dad & all of you! Do keep in touch! Dad has his biopsies this Wed. too. It WILL be a good day!;) jgl:)

ffyrebird said...

Lovely, juicy journal pages. You ARE an artist!!! Hope everything goes well for your Dad.

Alex said...

beautiful page! I love the composition. Hope your dad's doing fine. All the best!

Marva said...

Hey Margaret! Thought I'd pop over and see what you're up to! I always think of you in Arizona when it gets so cold up here in Colorado! -1 this morning! Marva

jinxxxygirl said...

Hope all goes well with your dad. Its scary . Be brave. And cherish every moment. Sending good thoughts your way.

Lynn said...

You turned a day that could have been stressful and unpleasant into something wonderful to be cherished. Great spread! Hope all goes well for your dad.

Trece said...

I stand in awe of your talent. Each drawing truly speaks to my spirit. I'll keep your dad in prayer.

raena said...

I hope your dad is doing well and makes a quick recovery! That said, I think you did a great job of waiting on this page!

marianne said...

What a lovely story!
You and your dad!
And I have seen you doing this before creating from a hospital visit the most perfect illo.
You did that also one time when you were ill.
I bet you can even make a beautiful illustration about a toilet visit. I don't mean this as a sick joke but I really think you are the only person who can pull that off ;)

Have a nice day dear♥