Thursday, April 28, 2011

Life's Surprises.

The best laid plans of mice and artists. My adventures of the past two weeks.

My ninety eight year old Dad was admitted to the local hospital, in Elmer, N.J., three weeks ago.

After four days spent in ICU, his doctors decided he should get a pacemaker.

This thoughtful gentleman was Dad's roommate, after leaving ICU.

Pop and I agreed if he died of anything, it would be boredom. I, on the other hand, had my sketchbook. 

The voyeur in me found unsuspecting subjects everywhere. Here; in the cafeteria.

The view of a distant farm, from Dad's room.

One day a jolly, well-meaning Catholic priest entered the room. Happily, a bit premature.

During Dad's operation, I shared a waiting room with these folks.

Implanting a pacemaker is pretty routine these days, even in a 98 year old South Jersey farmer, like my Dad.
I'm happy to say he is now on the way to recovery.


  1. Wonderful!! Great drawings, of course. The narrative, though, is honest and to the point. I hope your dada, and you, are OK.

  2. Wonderful drawings!
    Very 'You Are There'
    Take care
    XXX Carolg

  3. Miss you, Donna!
    Hope you have a good...and profitable, summer.
    And thank you as always, PB, for your input, etc, etc. My Dad is somewhat reluctantly on the mend.

  4. Ahhh! Wonderful and touching. It's all too familiar. Hope you dad is doing well. Love the part about being an atheist. Gotta keep the sense of humor going!

  5. Hey, a bit of a scare for you William and glad pop is on the way to recovery. The sketches are superb. That is art my friend. I just knew that priest would be Catholic when I read your response to his sudden appearance into the room and he said "Don't kick me out". I was brought up Catholic but am totally kind of agnostic now - but I still have a lot of affection for the Catholic church. Many of the priests do retain that dry sense of humour.