Update: My Family

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So the phone rang last night–never good news, when the phone rings at night–they’re taking Aunt Joan back to the hospital, her fever has returned. It hadn’t been 24 hours, I don’t think, since they’d discharged her.

Tomorrow we hit the terrifying Garden State Parkway for Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house. Once upon a time Thanksgiving meant a huge family gathering. Now there are only the four of us left, Patty and me, my brother and sister. Everyone else has either died or moved too far away for any personal contact. And we have to walk on eggs tomorrow because my brother is a hair-trigger leftid and we feel sorry for him. My sister has a new job, is being worked to a frazzle, but didn’t want to skip Thanksgiving.

I find that the more I need them, the more I get out of my memories. Their flavor is stronger and richer than it once was. The more evil grows this age, the more recourse I have to prayer and to the Bible. These call forth my thankfulness. God’s Word brings forth hope. And the more we need from it, the more it has to give.


About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Update: My Family

  • Linda Sorci

    Prayers for your Aunt Joan, and you and your family as well, Lee. And I pray for His protection over your trip tomorrow. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  • Phoebe

    Prayers for you and all your family, Lee. May your Thanksgiving be a blessed one.


  • UnKnowable

    It’s hard to watch as families shrink. I was born into a large family, so large that I have not met all of my cousins. Yet, at this point, it’s down to a mere handful and getting smaller.

    Make the most of it and know that our God takes pleasure in the love you show for all of your family.


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