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[*] Post 416987 posted on 12-9-2010 at 18:01 Reply With Quote
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"Grandpa," whom Ruby took care of for many years, died yesterday. She was with him whem he died, in his sleep, at the hospital. This was on Saturday; he had been admitted Wednesday with pneumonia. A few consolations--he had come to confess Christ in these last years of his life; and, he had been able to enjoy life at home until the last few days of his life. He had diabetes, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure, and one leg was ailing to the point that the doctors would have removed it if he had lived months longer. I found it amazing that he stubbornly continued to smoke, even though he was getting supplemental oxygen.

I stayed with Ruby and several members of her family and friends all night last night. Most of the time was spent playing cards and listening to music.

I remember one of them saying, "I think white people get buried a day or two after they die."

One of Grandpa's crackhead daughters has been in jail for possession of crack, and is not scheduled to get out until September 23. I wonder if she will get to attend the funeral?


Another friend of mine, an alcoholic, had gone back to drinking a week or so ago. I saw him yesterday, and he paid back a debt he'd owed me. He got drunk Saturday night and got in trouble Sunday morning, for which the police were called (some quarrel where he was living, I'm told). He was arrested and taken to jail. He was on probation for another charge, and may have yet another pending (I'm not sure on that point), so I expect he will have to serve a sentence in the County Jail. He often has blackouts (periods of no memory formation) if he drinks, so he doesn't even have first-hand knowledge of what he did to get in trouble.

No, it wasn't a day of good news to me. :(:(
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[*] Post 416989 posted on 12-9-2010 at 18:34 Reply With Quote


I'm sure Ruby will feel the loss scholar.
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She has cried a lot already. For a while, her eyes were so puffy she could hardly see.

She has told me, "You don't have to do anything. Just be there for me."

I feel like a parent whose child is suffering from chicken pox or flu. Her pain will lessen in time, and I can't make it go away. Nor would it be good for her if I could--she needs to grieve.

This afternoon, when she is back from church, a cook-out has been planned, and she asked me to come. I am trying to get a few chores done before I return to the city to see her again.

My spiritual life group has a pot-luck tonight, with a guest speaker, but I will miss it to be at the cook-out.
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