In my previous article to this, I told a fun memory I had of my dad when I was a teenager.
Before my dad died in June of 2017, I went to visit my parents.
I struggled with what I saw because he didn’t look the same. He had gone downhill while I was gone.
My mom called and told me he had just gone into the hospital for the third time of electrical shots to get his heart going again. She reminded me that when my grandmother had that happened, she died shortly after that.
Mark Escalera found myself and our two daughters a ticket to fly out to see them.
My heart nearly broke seeing my dad so thin and wasting away. His stomach was enlarged from an aneurysm. There was hardly anything left to the rest of him.
I struggled to put on a happy face in front of him. My sister and I had a sit-down chat to explain we wanted him to live so please try to eat.
He regularly had one shake a day… and that was it!
I knew he wasn’t receiving anything healthy since the shakes he drank were not ones that anyone should be drinking if they don’t get vitamins and minerals in their body regularly. My sister thought it was great that he had something.
My dad was in an accident and fell twice while I visited them.
I initially went for two weeks visit but extended it to four weeks.
I told my dad, “I wish I could stay longer with you to help out.”
“Violet,” he responded, “you have a family. You need to return to them, and I understand.”
That would be the last time I ever saw him. April and May were the months I finished up my visit.
Right before I left, my sister told me she would stay until my brother came out.
He stayed until my dad died. He planned to be there for a month but two weeks after he arrived my dad’s spirit had fled.
Even as I write this article, my heart yearns to receive one more hug from him and hear him say, “Violet, I love you!”
Dad, I love and miss you! I look forward to seeing you again one day. Thank you for all the great memories! Goodbye, Dad!
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