I lost my mom in 1999. I still have my dad. I see him often. Had I not moved back to Oceanside in 2011, I would not have this much time with him. He is now 90. He had cancer when he was 28?. No recurrence. He was a carpenter. He plays the harmonica by ear and well. I learned much from him both in character and skills..
He is still as active as a 40 year old. Sometimes he overestimates his own strength. :-) He still takes hot meals to shut ins every Monday. He goes to church every Sunday and has always been an honorable, even tempered man because of that relationship. Always walked the talk.
He is a calming influence in many lives. Yes, he gets frustrated as we all do. We're human.
I'm glad he was never a serious smoker. He liked to smoke a pipe but gave that up as we came of influential age so he didn't give us an excuse to smoke.
Never judgemental. He is one of the biggest blessings in my life.