Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back In The Hospital, Sketchbook In Hand.

Six months ago, when my 101 year old dad was last in the hospital, he and his roommate revolted.
Each had been hallucinating for days, for various reasons. My dad even called 911 in the middle of the night.
This cartoon still hangs on the wall in the Nurse's Station.

Unfortunately, about two weeks ago Pop had to once again be admitted to the hospital, for the same recurring problems.

Needless to say, he was not a happy camper.

These days, when anyone asks what's wrong with him, he replies "Too many birthdays!"
But when asked what he attributes to his longevity he delights in saying, "Fast horses and slow women!"
Actually I may have that backwards.

To cheer him up I stopped one morning to do a quick sketch of one of his favorite places to visit; the lake at Parvins State Park, near his home in South Jersey.

He looked at the sketch briefly, smiled, then went back to sleep.

Pop is now in a rehab facility. Like the energizer bunny, I suspect he still has lots of life left in him.


  1. Hi Bill...
    Sending positive thoughts and good wishes for your Energizer Bunny Dad! Love that first illustration. LOL
    ArtistLady CarolH-NY :-)

  2. Bill, It was such a treat for Carly and me to meet you at Manhattan Bagel and learn about your art, see a sketch of your amazing dad, etc. I am sharing this blog with my amazing dad, who will be as inspired as I am by your artful way of moving through the world. Best, Tracy

  3. Tracy; how nice also to have met you and Carly. Thanks for your kind thoughts. Stay in touch.

  4. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I admire your artwork William and have missed you on flickr.

    1. Thank you anonymous. I have actually been up loading new images on my Flicker site, but can't figure out how to make the leap to the actual Flicker page that everyone sees and is updated weekly?
      On a good day I'm a pretty good artist, but on most days I'm pretty inept when it come to dealing with the Internet etc...? HELP!

  5. What a wonderful post. As I've heard many people say: getting old is not for wimps. I love the sketches you've done and these are particularly poignant. Your Dad sounded like a wonderful personality.